Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov says there are no gay people in his country
Chechnya’s president has once again denied accusations of anti-gay persecution by official authorities in the Russian republic, claiming that gay men do not even exist there.
Rejecting allegations that gay men have been detained, tortured and killed in the region, the region’s Kremlin-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, said: “We don’t have those kinds of people here”.
The Russian newspaper which reported the claims in April says it believes at least 26 men have died in the crackdown, while horrific witness testimonies have told of families being summoned to kill their own gay relatives by Chechen authorities in a spate of state-backed ‘honour’ killings.
In an interview with David Scott from HBO’s Real Sports, Kadyrov dismissed “nonsense”.
He said: “We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada”.
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