President of Chechnya Denies Existence of Gays

Pierre Vaugeois
Juillet 20, 2017

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has faced global criticism since a Russian newspaper reported this spring that his security forces had detained some 100 gay men, torturing or killing some of them.

"We don't have any gays".

He repeated the claim in an interview with HBO that aired on Tuesday, saying that if there are such people in Chechnya, they should be sent to Canada to "purify our blood." Praise by to God. Take them far from us so we don't have them at home.

Kadyrov expressed resentment over media reports that gays are persecuted in Chechnya.

"But they should be viewed only in the context and considered in the context, nothing out of the unusual was said there", Peskov added.

"They are devils. They are for sale". They are not people....

The Kremlin is adamant recent controversial comments made by the republic's leader about gay men had been "taken out of context".

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that her department found these comments to be "very concerning and also upsetting".

During the interview with HBO, Kadyrov also said that he would defend the rights of families to murder their gay relatives.

Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have both decided not to speak about the gay purge during meetings with President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials in the past few weeks. Check out the context below.

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