In a stunningly horrific statement, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov made claims there were “no gay people” in Chechyna, and if there were, they should be “[taken] away from us.” He pointed to the purity of Chechen blood while speaking to HBO’s David Scott of “Real Sports.”
“This is nonsense. We don’t have those kinds of people here. We don’t have gays,” he says in the interview.
Despite the fact that Kadyrov is backed by the Kremlin, Russian newspapers reported in the spring the detainment and imprisonment of over 100 gay men–some of whom now live undercover in Russian sanctuaries.
And according to federal law enforcement officials, members of the LGBT community are in danger of being rounded up for alleged concentration camps and detained “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such.”
Kadyrov has repeatedly denied allegations of persecution and torture.
“God damn them for what they are accusing us of,” Kadyrov says in response to the reports.
HBO released excerpts of the interview on Friday, with the full interview set to air on July 18. Kadyrov also claimed that the US “is conducting anti-Russian policy against the country’s leadership,” before disparaging the strength of the US Government.
“America is not really a strong enough state for us to regard it as an enemy of Russia. We have a strong government and are a nuclear state,” he says. “Even if our government were completely destroyed, our nuclear missiles would be automatically deployed.”