Chechen President on Gays: 'They Are Devils. They Are Not People.'

Ruben Ruiz
July 17, 2017

When the interviewer asked him if he regarded the U.S. as Russia's enemy, Kadyrov responded that "America is not really a strong enough state for us to regard it as an enemy of Russia", Kadyrov said in an interview with HBO Real Sports cable television show.

Rejecting allegations of human rights abuses, Mr Kadyrov said: We don't have those kinds of people here.

During an interview, HBO reporter David Scott presses Kadyrov about the ongoing gay purge in Chechnya.

Why did he come here? What's the point of these question?

"We have no gays, and if there are, take them in Canada".

He went on to add that homosexual needed to be removed from Chechnya to "purify" the "blood" of the region. Praise be to God. They are subhuman. God damn them for slandering us.

Excerpts of the interview that emerged online show the President laughing off allegations made as recently as this week that his government rounded up approximately 100 gay men, tortured them in secret camps and even killed an unknown number thereof.

"They are for sale", he said in a two-minute preview. "They are not people", he says. "They will answer to the Almighty for this.".

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His spokesman, Alvi Karimov, told Interfax in April: "You can not arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic".

An April report by Human Rights Watch on the treatment of LGBT people in Chechnya said: "For several weeks now, a brutal campaign against LGBT people has been sweeping through Chechnya".

When reports of violent persecution of gay men first surfaced a few months ago, the Chechen leader said his republic does not have the phenomenon called non-traditional sexual orientation.

Canada has condemned Chechnya for reportedly torturing and killing gay men. The interview airs July 18, but Outsports got a peek at it and shared a segment in which Kadyrov reveals himself as the deluded and violent leader he is.

The latest interview with the leader of Russia's Chechen Republic, where he dismissed the U.S. as too weak to be Russia's enemy, has been widely cited in the media.

Meanwhile, one man told Sky News how he was forced to flee Chechnyaafter police turned up at his home looking for him.

And there's more. Kadyrov challenges America, saying "Even if our government were completely destroyed, our nuclear missiles would be automatically deployed".

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