Comment(s) Russian law bans “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”. Putin also said that while he did not deny the attractiveness of liberal values in general, he was referring to situations where they impinged on traditional lifestyles. He also accused Putin of hypocrisy for saying that he wanted LGBT people to be happy after reports that gay scenes in Rocketman, the movie based on the singer’s life, had been censored in Russia. “I have a lot of respect for him, he is a genius musician, we all enjoy his music, but I think he is mistaken,” Putin said when asked about Elton John’s comments in Osaka where he was attending a G20 summit. Advertising
Elton John said on Friday he was deeply upset by Putin’s comment that liberal values were “obsolete” and had been rejected by the majority of people in Western nations. Advertising
Putin said Russian authorities had a “relaxed and unprejudiced” attitude towards LGBT people, but decisions about gender identity could only be made by adults and therefore minors need to be “left alone”.