Elton John and Deep Purple vow not to perform again in Russia
Once paid a fortune to perform at private gigs for oligarchs, leading pop stars have vowed they will now never return to the country
Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Medvedev (centre) and Gazprom chief executive officer Alexei Miller (second from right) meet Deep Purple in Moscow in 2008
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Performing at the lavish parties of Russian oligarchs has long been a lucrative sideline for some of Britain’s biggest pop stars. That could now be a thing of the past.
Elton John and the rock band Deep Purple, who have both previously been paid to appear at private events for the country’s elite, last night denounced the invasion and criticised the Kremlin.
John, an outspoken critic of the government of Vladimir Putin, said he would not play any further shows in Russia “or for anyone connected to the regime”.