By JENNIFER PEARSON
Lady Gaga has taken to her Twitter to express her 'gratitude' to Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev for opposing regional laws that forbid minors from receiving information about homosexuality.
The pop star, who has never been shy about her support for gay, bisexual and transgender rights, arrived in the historic city on Friday for a performance and was welcomed by a mob of fans at the airport.
Wearing a classic dark suit, dark shades, red lipstick and a bouffant hairdo, Lady Gaga signed autographs and posed for pictures and even blew onlookers a kiss with her gloved hand.
'Just arrived in St. Petersburg Russia,' Lady Gaga tweeted. 'I'm so delighted to see so many monsters at the airport. Take me to the ballet!'
Soon after her arrival, the singer had more serious things on her mind.
On Saturday she thanked the Russian Prime Minister for sticking up for gay rights.
'Thank You Prime Minister Medvedev for not standing by your party's anti gay propaganda law & instead supporting my show+fans all over Russia,' she tweeted.
She added in a separate message: 'Prime Minister Medvedev please accept my gratitude I am looking forward to performing in RUSSIA & celebrating our cultures coming together.'