Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, has said that are no gay men in his country – and if there are then they should be deported to Canada.
Asked by a reporter from HBO about the abduction and torture of gay men in the republic, he said: “This is nonsense. We don’t have those kind of people. We don’t have any gays.”
He then went on to say that, if there were indeed any homosexuals living in the Chechen Republic, they should be deported to Canada.
“Take them far from us so we don’t have them at home. To purify our blood, if there are any here, take them,” he said.
“They are devils. They are for sale. They are not people. God damn them for what they are accusing us of. They will have to answer to the Almighty for this.”
Amnesty International estimates that over 100 men suspected of being gay have been tortured, and some killed, in Chechnya.