The local distributor said it was complying with the legislation of Russian Federation, which in 2013 adopted a controversial law banning the dissemination of "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors.
Sir Elton has previously spoken out against Russian laws banning "gay propaganda".
"It changes the perception of the view and the value of the film goes down a lot as a result", said one of them, Alexander Ilyin, describing the cuts as "censorship".
When asked whether the editing of the movie was an act of censorship, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he had not heard about the movie, did not know what scenes had been edited out or who might have recommended to do that.
However, after the film was prescreened in Moscow on 30 May, media reported that the film's distributor, Central Partnership, edited out around 5-minutes worth of scenes, notably involving gay sex and drug abuse.
The scenes cut from the movie include a male sex scene and a photograph in the closing credits of Elton John with his real-life husband.
Dozhd TV journalist Mikhail Kozyrev and cinema critic Anton Dolin, who presented the film at the Oktyabr movie theater in Moscow on May 30, said scenes with drugs, gay sex, and kissing men had been removed from the release being presented across Russian Federation by the Central Partnership film distribution and production company.
Russia's official stance is notoriously anti-gay, but Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the singer mixed praise in 2014, saying, "Elton John is an outstanding person [and] outstanding musician".
Elton, 72, is popular in Russian Federation but he has taken a tough stance on homophobia there, and sought a meeting with President Putin to discuss this.
According to John, he has been in contact with various film studios who wanted to weaken the sex and use of drugs in Rocketman, so that the biographical film could receive a so-called PG-13 rating.
Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan left for a mini vacay with their tiny tot Taimur Ali Khan a few days ago. In some of the pictures, we can see Saif, Kareena and Tim Tim posing for a flawless family picture.
The plane, which had taken off from Jorhat in Assam , lost contact with ground controllers 33 minutes later. Sources say the aircraft was about 30 km away from the landing spot when it went missing from the radar.
This group of an estimated 65,000 visa seekers included people who had traveled to areas controlled by groups listed as terrorist. You are also required to provide previous email addresses and phone numbers you've had in the past five years.
On Monday, a US State Department spokesperson revealed that the US would welcome Chinese nationals for "legitimate" studies. Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen speaks during a press conference about China-U.S.
But oddly enough, the American in the family will be the only person who won't be sitting down with President Trump . His remarks came after an interview with the President was published by British newspaper The Sun on Saturday.
Stadia can be used on any PC, laptop, phone etc and includes a Stadia controller which we got to try out at Google I/O this year. Now playing: Watch this: Google Stadia is a play-anywhere streaming game platform.
Since then, though, Leonard became a shoe free agent - before eventually signing a deal with New Balance earlier this season. Leonard is scheduled to speak with reporters on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) when practice resumes at the NBA Finals .
I don't imagine that will change. "I think that's very encouraging for our group to see someone not overly big but plays big". The goaltending matchup for this year's Stanley Cup Final is an interesting hand. "For us, it's about being better".
As a result, for the first time in Cup Series history, 31 consecutive races have been contested without a polesitter winning. Kevin Harvick was nipping at a win until a botched pit stop and a cracked steering box took him out of contention.
Thus, every different user will get a tailored "up next" list for their own preferences and their own preferences only. The expanded controller support ought to be arriving around the same time as the Apple Arcade subscription service .
MMIWG Inquiry paving a pathway for healing
In 2014, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police estimated that 1,017 aboriginal women had been murdered between 1980 and 2012. Evans-Harlick said she agrees with the inquiry's "Canadian genocide" label for what is happening with MMIWG.
Virat Kohli injures thumb during practice
Kohli might not have converted his starts into a substantial score but he looked comfortable during his stay in the middle. With India already having an unsettled No. 4 position, missing their captain would be last thing which the team needed.
Smash Bros Ultimate Now Has A VR Mode
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12 million may be affected in Quest Diagnostics data breach
A billing collections vendor notified Quest Diagnostics of the discovery of "unauthorized activity" on its online payment page. AMCA believes the personal information includes financial data, Social Security numbers, and medical information.
Apple's New Mac Pro: Up to 28 Cores and AMD Vega Graphics
The new Mac Pro look is inspired by an earlier Mac Pro design that featured a boxy silver case with matching feet and handles. Meanwhile, filmmakers can run three streams of 8k footage or 12 4K streams with the new Afterburner accelerator card.