Miller thanked for the invitation but he refused to attend due to his sexual orientation.
“As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes,” Miller tells Maria Averbakh, director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, in the letter. “However, as a gay man, I must decline.
The letter, which was posted on GLAAD‘s website, continued: “I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government.”
“The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
The actor, 41, referred to the new law voted in June in Russia which bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors.”
Wentworth Miller, who has played Michael Scofield in the “Prison Break” series from 2005 to 2009, recently turned to writing and signed the script for this year’s dark thriller “Stoker” where the main role is played by Nicole Kidman.