Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov is so hellbent on making sure his Russian Republic adheres to ‘traditional values’ that he’s now going to make straight peoples’ lives even more miserable too.
We’ve all read this year of the horrific anti-gay purge that has taken place in Chechnya, as LGBT+ people were detained, locked up, abused and, in some cases, murdered because of their sexual orientation.
It was all part of Kadyrov’s mission to eradicate ‘non-traditional’ values from his country, calling gay people “devils” and “not people”.
“We don’t have those kinds of people here,” he claimed. “We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada… To purify our blood, if there are any here, take them.”
But now for his latest move, he’s ordering divorced heterosexuals to reunite – even if the husband has remarried another woman already.
“Children from single-parent families are much more susceptible to the influence of extremists, especially when they stay with their mother,” Kaydrov declared.
Two guesses what group of people “influence of extremists” likely refers to – especially when you consider Chechen authorities were allegedly charging gay and bisexual men with terrorist offences by claiming they were members of ISIS.
“We’ve got to wake people up, talk to them and explain. We’ve got to return the women who left their husbands, and reconcile them. This is a priority.”
Kadyrov reportedly issued the order back in July and over a thousand Chechens have so far adhered to the command.
“Most [divorced] mothers want to take away their children from their fathers,” Kadyrov was cited as saying by BBC Russia.
“They then rent an apartment in the city and start asking for charity. One of them told me she needs a home. I asked her: where is your husband? She said: he left me.
“I told her: if you didn’t have a husband, I would help you. But you have a husband, the father of your children.”
Earlier this year, the Kremlin and Chechen government both repeatedly denied allegations that gay men are being detained and tortured.
That’s despite Chechnya’s president, Ramzan Kadyrov, having publicly declared that he wanted all LGBT+ people in the country to be eliminated by May 26, which marked the start of Muslim holiday, Ramadan.
Following increased international pressure, Russia was forced to investigate Chechnya and this reported ongoing abuse, but as of yet the republic has received no consequences for the treatment of its LGBT+ citizens.
This article was originally published on Gay Times Magazine. Read the original article.