Putin Praises Elton


Elton John will be pleased to know that Russian President Putin doesn't hold anything against him for being gay.

Though John has been openly critical of the country's anti-gay policies, Putin praised him in a recent round of interviews as "an outstanding person (and) outstanding musician. Millions of our people sincerely love him despite his orientation."

John and his band performed a pair of concerts during December in Russia, and he dedicated the Moscow performance to a man who was killed in South Russia because he was gay.