U.S. pop star Selena Gomez has reportedly been forced to cancel two concerts in Russia because of new anti-gay laws, concert organizers claim.
Gomez failed to secure a Russian visa after the government tightened the visa regime for foreign musicians in response to Madonna's and Lady Gaga's decisions to openly support gays during their shows in Russia last year, according to the Moscow Times.
The head of the Petersburg Music Industry, Yevgeny Finkelshtein, said that he feared the finger-pointing would discourage other performers from visiting the country.
"Not a single person is going to visit us if the Prosecutor General's Office starts disputing something or looking for guilty parties," Finkelshtein said, according to RIA Novosti.
Openly gay British pop star Elton John said he planned to go ahead with a Moscow concert in December because it would help serve the interests of the Russian gay community.
It remained unclear whether he had been granted a Russian visa.
Gomez, 21, had been scheduled to perform at St. Petersburg's Ice Palace on Sept. 23 and at Moscow's Olimpiisky stadium on Sept. 25.