Pop princess Selena Gomez has been denied a visa to perform in Russia. The 21-year-old starlet was hoping to perform shows at St Petersburg’s Ice Palace and Moscow’s Olimiisky Stadium, however has had to cancel them as she has been refused entry to the country.
Concert organisers are blaming the country’s anti-gay laws as the reason that Selena’s visa was denied. It has been reported that Russian officials fear that the former Disney star will speak out about gay rights during the show and therefore have denied entrance under the law which bans the promotion of ‘nontraditional sexual relationships’ to minors.
Madonna and Lady Gaga have also encountered problems with the Russian jurisdiction after they were accused of promoting homosexuality during their shows in the country.
Russian fans are now concerned many pop stars will be deterred from coming to the country if the authorities use laws to make it difficult for them to gain a visa.