“We don’t have these kinds of people here.” 

Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov has hit out at those who say the country is detaining and killing gay men by calling them “devils”, stating the accusations can’t be true because there are no gay men in Chechnya.

In an interview with David Scott from Real Sports, Kadyrov said the reports were false because in Chechnya,

“we don’t have these kinds of people here.”

“To purify our blood, if there are any here take them. If there are any take them to Canada.”

 The Chechen president threatened: “Even if our government were completely destroyed, our nuclear missiles would be automatically deployed. We will put the whole world on its knees and screw it from behind.”

It comes nearly 100 days since the first reports of gay men being detained and abused in Chechnya emerged, and days after the Russian LGBT Network revealed that a new wave of arrests in the region has begun.

Earlier this year, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazetta reported that up to 26 men have been killed so far this year as part of the anti-gay purge in Chechnya.

 

This article was originally published on Gay Times Magazine. Read the original article.