Word has been spreading throughout the media world that Elton John will be sitting down with Russian president Vladimir Putin in an effort to discuss gay rights within the country. However, it all appears to be some form of an elaborate hoax on the singer.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claims that no such conversation ever took place, saying: “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. 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.”
Russia has been criticized for their outdated outlook on gay rights. In 2013, the country passed a bill prosecuting anyone who gave information on homosexuality to those under the age of 18.
Someone has been calling up Elton John using a Russian accent to setup this fake meeting. It has to be an awkward situation for everyone involved.