The Kremlin is now denying that President Putin spoke to Elton John, who had written on his Instagram account that he looked forward to meeting Putin face to face, to discuss LGBT rights in Russia.
The Kremlin spokesperson, Putin’s Press Secretary, has suggested that it might have been a hoax, and that no such phone conversation ever took place.
“I don’t know [what happened] but President Putin did not speak to Elton John and most importantly we didn’t receive any proposals to meet.”
He added: “If the president does get such a signal from Elton John, the president has always been open to discuss any… human rights problems, any issues. He is always ready to clarify the real situation.”
Elton has used his concerts in Moscow and St Petersburg to openly criticise the anti-gay propaganda laws in Russia, and has also written an open letter calling for these laws to be repealed.