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Vladimir Putin

Russia Loves Elton John

... Even Though He's Gay

1/19/2014 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0119_vladamir_putin_elton_john_gettyElton John is HUGE in Russia ... so gay people should feel totally welcome at the Olympics -- this according to President Vladimir Putin, who's trying like Hell to prove his country doesn't hate homosexuals.

Putin reiterated Russia would not discriminate against gay and lesbian athletes or visitors during the upcoming Sochi Olympics while speaking with the foreign press Sunday morning.

Putin used Elton as an example, calling him an "outstanding person (and) musician" -- and adding, "Millions of our people sincerely love him despite his orientation."

For what it's worth ... Elton spoke out against the country's "gay propaganda law"  last month during a concert in Moscow saying, "In my opinion, it is inhumane and isolating."

Can you feel the love tonight?

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billybob    

00 Elton, from Russia with Love . . .

188 days ago
2.

su    

by the second BJ, putin knew.

188 days ago
3.

spock    

Elton replied, Put'in my pooper!

188 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

Well goodbye yellow brick road...

188 days ago
5.

namers    

OMG, that stupid effin logic AGAIN: "I don't like your kind, but I love the foot stomping music or great food that 'your kind' provides.

Liars! You like "other," you really really do!

188 days ago
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Azi    

I like the part where he states ".....his country doesn't hate homosexuals." Maybe it's just him ?

188 days ago
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LetsBeReAL    

I love his usage of "despite". That Like.. Despite your handicap, we still love ya. That was an indirect insult. As someone who isn't informed about the law in Russia, what exactly are they trying to do to gay people?

188 days ago
8.

PureRadiance    

Cool beans

188 days ago
9.

Chgome    

Russian stance on Gays won't stop Elton from taking the money, money money. Hypocrites.

188 days ago
10.

Vote2012    

Any chance we could get Putin over here to run for President in 2016? He could quickly clean up this country and all the wacky liberals would be shipped out.

188 days ago
11.

⇛ GAYS ⇛ STAY THE HELL OUT OF UTAH ⇛     

Gay people should feel free to go to Russia
for the Olympics............AND STAY THERE!

188 days ago
12.

TuxThePenguin    

ah... the stench of hypocrisy.

188 days ago
13.

PureRadiance    

Out out you demons of stupidity

188 days ago
14.

Chucky Mapoo    

Elton John doesn't care if something is wrong or not... as long as there's MONEY he'll be there.
Elton John was one of the several artists who didn't give a crap about Apartheid when the boycott of the white exclusive resort Sun City was being protested against.

188 days ago
15.

rabbit ears    

Dude just don't like gays who enjoy buttsex and have no substance or anything to offer society other than complaining about inequalities they face LOL

188 days ago
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