Gradiva, who has been called "the Madonna of Russia," told HuffPost Live that she didn't think Russia's law was "really about gay people, believe it or not."
"Russia has never been a pro-gay country, but of course with the current government direction towards gays ... we definitely see increasing cases of violence towards the LGBT community," she said.
Of Russian lawmakers' arguments that the law is aimed at protecting children rather than a restrictive measure towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as a whole, she added, "Very often they compare gay people to pedophiles. Ignorance is always bad."
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