Pop star Selena Gomez has been denied a visa to enter Russia to perform and therefore has cancelled her Russian concerts. Gomez, 21, was due to perform in St. Petersburg on September 23 and on September 25 in Moscow.
As a result the singer has cancelled her Russian concerts as well as her Belarus, Kiev, Minsk and Ukraine appearances.
No official reason for the Visa denial has been given by Gomez’ people except that she in fact is not going to Russia. Reportedly the former Disney star was denied due to her pro-gay stance that stands in contrast to Russia’s new law that bars “propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships.”
Russia’s feathers have been ruffled by the public denouncements from gay-rights advocates like Lady Gaga and Madonna. Cher recently refused an invitation to perform in the country as a result of the new law.
The June, 2013 law prohibits information to minors that promotes same-sex relationships and bans the adoption of Russian-children to gay couples. The law also imposes fines for violators and gives Russia the right to detain foreigners violating the law. Another anti-gay bill classifies “homosexual propaganda” as pornography.