Broadway stay Harvey Fierstein was the first to oppose any type of travel to the world's largest nation, asking for a boycott on the Olympic Games. Then we saw English actors Rupert Everett and Stephen Fry come out against the Russian laws as well, with Fry taking it a bit more political by penning an open letter to the British PM asking for the Olympics to be relocated back to Vancouver, host city of the 2010 winter Olympics.
As expected, Madonna and Lady Gaga have been quite vocal in their distaste for the anti-gay laws and have even been fined by the Russian government for disobeying during concerts. Although the dissent runs strong, neither musician has officially boycotted or, in Madonna's case, cancelled Russian tours.
Even as the list of celebs choosing not to get a new passport stamp from Russia grows, we are seeing a number of tour operators like Isram, Atlantis and RSVP pull visits to the country from itineraries and tours. Such laws not only have a direct effect of the Russian LGBT community, but also causes a trickle-down effect on tourism as a whole. Even just a fraction of the 22,281,000 visitors per year can cause a huge dent in the tourism Rubles spent by foreign travelers.
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