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Elton John faces ban from Russia

Campaigning group is calling for Vladimir Putin to cancel a series of concerts in December over fears the British singer will speak out on gay propaganda laws
Elton John is facing a ban from Russia.

Russia may have banned gay propaganda, gay adoption, but now they’re going after the gay King of Pop.

A campaign has now been launched to ban Elton John from Russia, as a group believes his music, style and views could ‘influence’ children.

The Ural Parent Committee wish for the government to cancel a series of concerts that the ‘I’m Still Standing’ singer has planned throughout Russia at the end of the year.

‘The reason for this campaign is the singer has publicly stated his intention to hold a protest in support of sexual minorities, as well as oppose Russian law,’ the band of parents have said.

‘Representatives of the Ural Parent Committee intend to team up with other parents from different cities to stop the singer from influencing children all over Russia.’

A Communist party leader Mikhail Abramyam has also suggested that when John performs in Russia, he dresses in ‘more respectable’ traditional Cossack clothes instead of the usual sparkling glasses and feather boas.

He said the British singer should wear a knee-length dark kaftan, knee-high leather boots and a fur hat.

‘It would be more respectable. We have suggested it to the promoters and we hope he’ll wear it,’ he said.

John was stopped from performing in Russia earlier this year after coming down with appendicitis.

After recovering, he renewed his determination to perform and help LGBT people.

‘There's two avenues of thought: Do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia?' John told The Guardian. 'But then you're really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the anti-gay laws in an isolated situation.'

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

John is due to begin his Russia tour in Moscow on 6 December.

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