2013-12-09 10:01:00

Elton John performs in Moscow, protests homophobia

Moscow, December 9, Interfax - British pop singer Elton John gave a concert in Moscow on Friday which he dedicated to Vladislav Tornovoy, a 23-year-old man who was murdered with exceptional brutality in Volgograd, Russia, in May.

There multiple injuries on Tornovoy's body, including some in his genitals.

Two men were detained soon thereafter as his suspected killers. They were a 22-year-old acquaintance of Tornovoy and a 27-year-old friend of the victim who already had a conviction on his record.

During Friday's concert at Crocus City Hall, John told the audience that he was saddened by a recent Russian law that he called an anti-gay move, and that many of his friends had advised him against going to Moscow because of that law. However, he decided to go ahead with his trip because many were expecting him in Moscow, he said.

Addressing the audience, he protested discrimination on any basis, including that of sexual orientation.