Vladimir Putin denied he talked with Sir Elton John over the phone

Sir Elton John claimed he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone, but Putin denied they ever talked over the phone about gay rights.

 

The president’s spokesman said: “Putin did not have a conversation with Elton John, and, what’s more, we have not received any requests from him for a meeting.”

 

“The president has always been open to discuss human rights issues. The president, I’m sure, will be ready to meet with Elton John, too, if there is such a request.” He added.

 

Social media post appeared on Elton’s profile in which he thanked the Russian leader for “reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today”. Without actually explaining what they talked about, it finished: “I look forward to meeting with you face to face to discuss LGBT equality in Russia.”

 

A spokesperson for the Elton John Aids Foundation is avoiding requests for comment on the subject.

 

An LGBT activist, Yuri Gavrikov, said a meeting between John and Putin could have a positive effects.

 

He told the Govorit Moskva radio station: “Water wears away stone. Any statement in the public space by some significant person or another changes the views of both politicians and people. So it’s not worth waiting for manna from heaven, but I think we can expect another push to somehow change the situation in Russia.”

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Sir Elton John Has Called on The Queen to Change The Anti-Gay Commonwealth Laws

In an interview with CNBC, the British rocker and his husband, David Furnish, said Britain could use its influence in its former colonies to ‘push a little bit harder’ for LGBTI rights.

 

John said: “These laws come from … the Commonwealth. These laws can be changed very easily by the Queen saying, ‘change the law.’ I haven’t approached her about that yet.”

 

He told CNBC: “If the worst comes to the worst, one has to, yeah. These are old laws from the British Commonwealth, I mean these can be changed. And so the Queen could do that with one wave of her hand.”

 

However, according to the official website of the British monarchy, although the queen is “not part of the machinery of government in the Commonwealth,” she holds private meetings with the countries’ leaders during the Commonwealth Heads of Government gathering that is held every two years.

 

The majority of countries of the Commonwealth of Nations still criminalise sexual acts between consenting adults of the same sex and other forms of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

 

The rock star is working to overturn homophobic laws around the world and is to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin to discuss gay rights and extend an “olive branch” to him.

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Sir Elton John and Putin LGBT Meeting

The pop star has said he wants to talk to Mr Putin about his “ridiculous” attitude to the issue – but previously fell victim to prank callers pretending to be the Russian leader.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, the star said he had now received a genuine call from the president.

“He was very affable, he was very apologetic, he was very sincere.

“As soon as I can get a date in my diary that coincides with him, then I will be going… to Moscow and I will meet him,” he told the Today Programme.

“Whether or not I make any progress, I don’t know. I’m not going to go straight in there and go, ‘come on, you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do that.’ This is the starting of a dialogue and you don’t get anywhere without a dialogue.”

 

Sir Elton John told the Today programme, that he is currently arranging to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-sexual (LGBT) rights.

 

In another BBC interview, in September, John called Putin’s attitude toward gay people “isolating and prejudiced.” In the most recent interview, the celebrity also criticized Northern Ireland for its lack of progress on legalizing gay marriage.

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Putin talks gay rights on 60 Minutes

Headlines were made by Vladimir Putin when he agreed to meet with the singer Elton John who is an international advocate of gay rights who has been critical of the Russian leader and requested a meeting with Putin to discuss his concerns. Putin’s phone call to Elton John, reported by the Kremlin, came in response to a recent prank by two Russian satirists who contacted the singer pretending to be Putin and a translator.

In the U.S., Putin points out, some states still have laws on the books against same-sex relations. (This is partly true; all such laws were invalidated in 2003 by the Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas.)

 

In Russia, Putin adds, “We have no persecution at all. People of non-traditional sexual orientation work, they live in peace, they get promoted, they get state awards for their achievements in science and arts or other areas. I personally have awarded them medals.”

 

Putin also defends Russia’s controversial gay “propaganda” law. “I don’t see anything un-democratic in this legal act,” Putin tells 60 Minutes. “I believe we should leave kids in peace. We should give them a chance to grow, help them to realize who they are and decide for themselves. Do they consider themselves a man or a woman? A female? A male? Do they want to live in a normal, natural marriage or a non-traditional one? That’s the only thing I wanted to talk about. I don’t see here any infringement on the rights of gay people.”

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