Vladimir Putin to confer with scholar and human rights guru Elton John on gay rights issues in Russia

Vladimir Putin to confer with scholar and human rights guru Elton John on gay rights issues in Russia
ARCHIV - Der britische Sänger und Musiker Elton John tritt zum Start seiner Tournee in Wetzlar anlässlich des Hessentages auf (Archivbild vom 01.06.2012). Z wie Zeremonie zum Schluss: Bei der Schlusszeremonie der Olympischen Spiele in London wird mit Popmusik, einem der größten britischen Exporterfolge, nochmals richtig gefeiert. Foto: Emily Wabitsch dpa (zu dpa 0250 vom 11.08.2012) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

Elton John thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for reaching out to him to talk about LGBT rights.

The legendary artist posted on his Instagram Tuesday that Putin called him by telephone and they will meet in Russia to talk about LGBT equality.

“Thank-you to President Vladimir Putin for reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today,” he posted. “I look forward to meeting with you face-to-face to discuss LGBT equality in Russia.”

Putin’s call came after Elton John did an interview with the BBC saying he wanted to meet with the Russian leader over his “ridiculous” attitude to gay rights.

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