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Elton John Says He Got a Call From Vladimir Putin After Requesting Meeting

The singer calls Putin's record on gay rights "ridiculous."
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Sir Elton John delivers a speech about tolerance and equal rights for all during 12th Yalta European Strategy forum (YES) in Kiev on September 12.GENYA SAVILOV / AFP - Getty Images

Elton John says Russian President Vladimir Putin called him after the singer asked for a meeting to talk about gay rights.

Last week, the singer criticized an anti-gay Russian law and a suggestion by Putin last year that gay people prey on children. John told the BBC that he wanted a meeting to discuss Putin’s “ridiculous” gay rights record.

On Tuesday, John posted on Instagram that he got a call. There was no word on whether the Kremlin had agreed to the meeting.

John played in the Soviet Union in 1979 and regularly plays in Russia. He was in Ukraine last week and called for that country to improve its gay rights record, too.

The Associated Press contributed.