Published Sep 24, 2015Elton John was recently the subject of a cruel prank by a pair of comedians, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly reached out to the British piano pop icon to right the situation.
John has publicly criticized Putin for his country's anti-LGBT policies, but seemed optimistic last week after receiving what he thought was an offer to meet Putin to discuss equality issues. It was later revealed that the phone call was the handiwork of Russian comedians Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov, who pretended to be Putin and his press secretary Dmitry Peskov.
John responded, claiming that while "pranks are funny" homophobia isn't and stood firm in his offer to discuss LGBT rights with the Russian president. Putin has now accepted that offer, according to the BBC.
Peskov, on behalf of the Kremlin, told Russian media today (September 24) that Putin had called John — asking him to forgive the prank and saying that he was ready to meet with the singer to discuss "any issues of interest" as soon as their schedules allowed it.
Russian law has come under international scrutiny in recent years for policies such as a 2013 bill that prosecutes people for so much as providing information about homosexuality to people under the age of 18.