Pop star want to discuss president's "isolating and prejudiced" treatment of LGBT people in Russia
Elton John has offered to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin to discuss gay rights in the country.
Reports of homophobic attacks have increased in Russia in recent years while Putin passed a law in June 2013 that made it legal to prosecute individuals promoting “homosexual behaviour among minors”.
Speaking to BBC News, John said Putin’s attitude to gay people was “isolating and prejudiced” and “ridiculous” and cited comments made by the President in 2014 about gay people targeting children.
“Give me a break,” John said. “You are President of Russia, and you go and say stupid things like that?”
“I would like to meet [Mr Putin],” he added. “It’s probably pie in the sky… He may laugh behind my back when he shuts the door, and call me an absolute idiot, but at least I can think I have the conscience to say I tried.”
John is currently in neighbouring Ukraine, where he met President Petro Poroshenko and urged him to show more support for the LGBT community. He also met with business leaders in an attempt to convince them to not deny members of the LBGT community employment opportunities.
Elton John is a staunch advocate for gay rights and just last month criticised a Venice mayor who has removed books from schools that feature same-sex families.
The city’s mayor Luigi Brugnaro was elected in June and went on to ban 49 children’s books that made reference to gay marriage from schools.
However, John’s outspoken nature does occasionally land him in trouble. In June he was forced to apologise after comparing stewards to Hitler during a gig in Gloucester.