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Elton John's Russian Tour Close To Being Canceled Due To Pressure From Russian Government
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.02.2013

The Times (via The Daily Mail), reports that Elton John's shows in Russia this Friday and Saturday are close to being canceled as officials suspect he will break their "gay propaganda" laws. If they think he's going to use his appearances to criticize Russia's new rulings against homosexuality, they will not allow the shows to go on.

Russian paper Your Day reports that the concerts in Moscow's Crocus City Hall and Kazan have already cost a significant amount of money. The list of requests runs for fifty pages including John's hotel dressing room and Moscow being turned into a "paradise" garden with "decorative birds" and trees.

John spoke in September about wanting to perform in Russia to support the gay community. He also revealed that he had sex on a Moscow rooftop with a translator during his 1979 Soviet Union tour.

He said: "As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don't know what's going to happen, but I've got to go."

He currently lives with his partner David Furnish in a civil union. They have two children together. He has campaigned for gay rights in Britain and the Ukraine, where he was denied the right to adopt in 2009 because of his age and marital status.

Anti-gay campaigners warned John not to wear "flamboyant" clothes at his show in Krasnodar in July. That show was canceled when he got sick. "Promoting homosexuality" is a crime in Krasnodar, St Petersburg, and Novosibirsk.

In September a parents committee asked President Vladimir Putin to cancel the shows as John planned to violate a ban on "homosexual propaganda". In an open letter to Putin, the group in Ural said: "The singer intends to come out in support of local sodomites and break the current Russian law, directed at protecting children."


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