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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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31.

CRITICXTREME::    

Money$ can make a person and country's law overlook a person's sexual proclivities.

223 days ago
32.

marchetti    

i bet given the chance putin would tear eltons butthole up

223 days ago
33.

Toilethead    

I bet putin has taken it up his butt a few times.

223 days ago
34.

Bob    

Liar!!!!!!!!!!!

223 days ago
35.

Mikey    

A neuroscientist and professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam University says a women who smokes during pregnancy increases the chances of the child being gay and can lead to lower IQ's.

So there you have it, if your gay and stupid your mom probable smoked.

223 days ago
36.

Carl    

Putin is Russia's biggest closet case. Just look at the "manly" photo ops he takes. Gay as can be.

223 days ago
37.

PRMETFAN    

Wanting not to give gays special rights with special laws that are specifically aimed at only protecting them and not wanting to change the institution of marriage to cater to them is not the same as hating homosexuals. Stop being soo ignorant.

223 days ago
38.

Jah36    

Hate the illness, not the person. Sad that Russia is the country that has superiority over the US when it comes to moral value.

223 days ago
39.

CremeBrulee    

Putin's favorite Elton song: Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes.

223 days ago
40.

Timmy Boy    

Names homosexuals call people who dont agree with their lifestyle: Bigot Homophobe Ignorant Closeted gay Old fashioned... And may more. They however, think are perfect.

223 days ago
41.

Marc    

putin is jealous... written all over his plastic surgery face!!!

223 days ago
42.

Double Bubble    

Elton John looks like an old pug dog..

223 days ago
43.

Bill5martin    

If that is the case. Why doesn't he treat gays as equals? This guy is evil & wants to destroy the US. The rushian terroists should target putin instead of inoccent ppl.

223 days ago
44.

NOT ELMO    

I HEAR PUTIN IS BISEXUAL....

223 days ago
45.

YouDontSay    

It's official. Sir Elton is our dove of peace. Brother.

223 days ago
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