Elton John Arranges Sitdown With Vladimir Putin To Discuss Gay Rights In Russia

Sir Elton John has arranged to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss gay rights in the country after he met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and urged him to be more supportive of the LGBT community there. As NME points out, John posted a portrait of Putin to his Instagram account yesterday with a caption about a phone call they shared in which Putin agreed to meet face-to-face.

John’s effort is in response to the increase in hate crimes in Russia since Putin became president again in 2012, and John (who is a popular icon in the country) has fought against Russian law that allows anyone disseminating “propaganda” about non-traditional sexual relations among minors to be prosecuted. No word yet on when or where the two will meet.