While many are anticipating Elton’s December 6 concert in Moscow, that’s not the case with several homophobic groups.
They have called on the authorities to ban Elton, saying allowing the pop icon to perform would make a “mockery” of the country’s anti-gay laws.
Yuri Ageshchev, the leader of religious fundamentalist group, the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods, told Novy Region news agency: “The statement by this gay guy – Elton John – about his support for gays and other perverts during the upcoming concert in Moscow is an insult to all Russian citizens.
“It also makes a mockery of our recently enacted law against the public propaganda of gay ideas,” he said.
Mr Ageshchev also called on Russian citizens and the Church to oppose the upcoming concert in Moscow, calling the event an “amoral sabbath.”
A separate group of conservative activists, the Ural Parents Committee, has also written to President Vladimir Putin directly to ask him to ban Elton’s show.
In an open letter to Putin, the local parents’ group claimed: “The singer intends to come out in support of local sodomites and break the current Russian law, directed at protecting children.”
Elton, who also has an appearance slated for the 7th of December in Kazan, has said he has to go and support others who are gay.