'We don't have any gays' - Chechen leader denies torturing homosexual men

Ramzan Kadyrov

Ramzan Kadyrov

Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the semi-autonomous Russian state of Chechnya (a man who likes taking pictures of himself being physically affectionate with other men), is not only allegedly overseeing a reported months-long campaign of kidnapping, detaining, torturing and killing LGBTQ people, he's also a mixed martial arts event promoter.

There are reports 27 people were recently murdered by the government. killed because they were gay, something the government has denied because the party line is that there are no gays in the country. "We don't have these kinds of people here".

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

During an interview on TV network HBO, Mr Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, was vehement in his denials when asked about the LGBT community in the Eastern European country. "If there are any, take them to Canada", he is shown saying, at times sighing and rubbing his face in apparent exasperation at the line of questioning.

In his interview with Scott, Kadyrov initially laughs dismissively at questions about the allegations.

Scott followed up, asking: "But do you not get concerned when you read these accounts of young men who say they've been tortured for days?"

In May, reports surfaced that Trump's State Department had denied visas for gay men fleeing Chechen persecution.

The Chechen leader described those making the allegations as devils, adding: God damn them for what they are accusing us of.

"They are devils. They are for sale. They are not people", he says.

Kadyrov's security forces have been widely accused of extensive human-rights abuses including abductions and killings in Chechnya. As quoted in The Irish Independent, Kadyrov's spokesperson Alvi Karimov claimed, "You can not detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic".

While the Russian government has done little to address the crisis in Chechnya, world leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have decried the atrocities.

"We have a strong government and are a nuclear state. They will answer to the Almighty for this.".