Superstar Selena Gomez was hit with a shock when she was denied a visa to enter Russia as part of her Stars Dance Tour. There has been speculation her visa may have been denied over her pro-gay rights stance, according to an article on Sept. 20, 2013 by Jocelyn Vena for MTV. Russia now has anti-gay laws which appear to have been implemented by the Russian authorities when Gomez requested a visa for Russia.
The Moscow Times has reported, "Anti-Gay Law Blamed in Visa Denial." Concert organizers have said Gomez has indirectly fallen victim to Russia's anti-gay law. The Russian government tightened the visa regulations for foreign musicians in response to Madonna's and Lady Gaga's decisions to openly support gays during their performances in Russia last year. A controversial and vaguely worded Russian law, which was adopted last summer, bans the promotion of "nontraditional sexual relationships" to minors.
Yevgeny Finkelshtein, who is the head of the Petersburg Music Industry company, said that he fears this type of attitude would discourage other performers from visiting Russia. Finkelshtein has been quoted as saying, "Not a single person is going to visit us if the Prosecutor General's Office starts disputing something or looking for guilty parties." This is all very troubling during such a tense era of heightened hostilities worldwide when the nurturing of good relations between Russia and the United States is essential to help avoid World War III and an international nuclear catastrophe.