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there is fear that the 21-year-old will... speak out about gay rights during the show

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Pop star Selena Gomez won't be performing in Russia any time soon, and concert organizers are blaming the Eastern European country's anti-gay laws as the reason for her denial.

The Come & Get It singer was scheduled to host a pair of shows later this month, but Russian officials turned down her visa application, forcing her to cancel the concerts.

Their reason for the refusal is reportedly fear that the 21-year-old will follow in the footsteps of Madonna and Lady Gaga and speak out about gay rights during the show.

Selena had been set to play at St.

Petersburg's Ice Palace on September 23 and Moscow's Olimiisky stadium on September 25, but a rep told E! News that she will no longer be attending.

Russian conservatives attempted to file lawsuits against both of those pop phenomena in the spirit of the controversial and vaguely worded law banning the promotion of 'nontraditional sexual relationships' to minors, which Russia adopted in June, reported the Moscow Times.

The Material Girl and the Poker Face singers each gave very public shout outs in 2012 against the laws to show their support of the LBGT community, leading to the threat of prosecution by the former Eastern Bloc government.

Source: The Daily Mail
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