Elton John isn’t one to stay quiet. So after hearing about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent statements linking homosexuality to pedophilia, he decided he needed to address the foreign leader directly.
Sir Elton dedicated the show to Vladislav Tornovoi, a 23-year-old Russian man who was beaten to death in May for admitting to being gay.
Madonna hasn’t been shy about expressing her distaste for Russia’s anti-gay laws, but now she’s joining the Human Rights Campaign’s “Love Conquers Hate” initiative to stop the country from targeting their citizens with hateful laws.
A promoter for Lady Gaga’s show in Russia last December is being fined for violating a local law against exposing children to “harmful information.”
McCartney posted an open letter to his website today (Nov. 14) assuring Putin that the 28 activists from Greenpeace that were placed in jail last month after they staged a protest at a Russian oil-drilling platform in the Arctic Ocean are neither anti-Russia nor working on behalf of the western governments.
Madonna has never been one to bite her tongue, so after the Russian punk band P**** Riot was convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” on Friday (August 17), she spoke out.
The five-month case came to a head this morning, when a final verdict was made: guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” with all three women sentenced to two years in prison starting from their date of arrest in March.
Threats against U.S. citizens attending Madonna’s Russian concerts put authorities on high alert.