Russian Anti-Gay Groups Protest Elton John Tour

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Sir Elton John's Russian tour is at risk following the country's anti-homosexual legislation.

Passed earlier this year, Russia's anti-gay legislation sparked worldwide protests. Several performers cancelled proposed tours in the country, while others used their appearance as an opportunity to speak out.

Sir Elton John was due to complete a short Russian tour this summer, but poor health forced its cancellation. Due to resume later this month, the dates have been met with some degree of opposition in the country, as The Independent notes.

Speaking to the Guardian earlier this year, Sir Elton John admitted that he deliberately chose to tour Russia in an attempt to help those "suffering in an isolated situation".

"I’ve got to go and I’ve got to think about what I’m going to say very carefully" 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."

Yet the move comes as Russia increases its anti-homosexual legislation. A Russian parents’ committee asked president Vladimir Putin to cancel the proposed tour, writing in an open letter: "The singer intends to come out in support of local sodomites and break the current Russian law, directed at protecting children."

The letter also labels the tour an "amoral Sabbath" whilst also describing Sir Elton John's support for the country's homosexual community as an "insult to all Russian citizens".

Sir Elton John's Russian tour opens later this week.

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