Sir Elton John has promised to raise the issue of gay rights as her performs two sold-out venues this weekend in Russia.

John told CNN that he was “going to say something from the stage that's … going to be meaningful” and he planned to “meet with the LGBT community.”

A concert in Moscow will take place Friday. A second performance will be staged the following day in the Volga city of Kazan.

John is the first major Western artist widely associated with gay rights to perform in Russia since President Vladimir Putin signed a law which prohibits the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors, effectively outlawing any public demonstration of support for gay rights. Approval of the law provoked worldwide condemnation and calls for boycotts of Russian made imports and international events taking place in Russia, including the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.

John is currently raising two sons with his partner, filmmaker David Furnish. The couple has announced plans to marry in England next year.

(Related: Elton John to marry David Furnish on “first day” possible in England.)

The promoter behind John's appearances has dismissed rumors that John might not arrive for the Moscow concert.

Madonna and Lady Gaga used concerts in St. Petersburg last year to speak out from the stage against a similar local ordinance. Russia's anti-gay law was modeled after St. Petersburg's legislation.