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Elton John denounces Russia's anti-gay laws on his website

Posted Jan 24, 2014 by Marcus Hondro
Superstar pop singer Elton John has struck out at Russia's anti-gay laws. On his website Wednesday the openly gay singer called the laws "vicious homophobia" that have "given extremists the cover to abuse people’s basic human rights.”
Then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and his wife Svetlana (C) meet Elton John after his conce...
Then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and his wife Svetlana (C) meet Elton John after his concert in Moscow on December 12, 2010
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In his post at Eltonjohn.com John, 66, noted that when he tours Russia he always feels very welcome but that for people inside the country from the LGBT community it is a different story.
Elton John Russian tour 2013
His last Russian tour was just in December and while over there he met many members of the Russian LGBT community. He was dismayed at the stories of abuse and homophobia he heard and said they were the result of the anti-gay "propaganda" legislation.
“It was very clear to me that, although foreigners like myself who are visiting Russia are not affected by this new law (and President Putin has recently confirmed this), it is a very different story for those living inside the country," he wrote in part.
"As Maria Maksakova told her fellow Russian MPs last month: ‘We are seeing extremely negative consequences as a result of this law, with the growth of hate crimes.’ President Putin asserts that this was not the intention, but it is undoubtedly the effect that this law has had by promoting misunderstanding and ignorance.”
John seeks "respect" for Russian LGBT persons
John went on to say the he would "welcome the opportunity to introduce President Putin to some Russians who deserve to be heard, and who deserve to be treated in their own country with the same respect and warm welcome that I received on my last visit."
While he said he was very happy with the way the Russian people treated him on his recent tour, he did not say when, or if, he will tour Russia again.