Chechnya’s Leader Calls Gay Men ‘Devils’ and Talks About Nuking the United States

Chechnya’s Leader Calls Gay Men ‘Devils’ and Talks About Nuking the United States

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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.

That’s why he sat down for a recent interview with HBO Real Sports’ correspondent David Scott. The interview airs July 18, but Outsports got a peek at it and shared a segment in which Kadyrov reveals himself as the deluded and violent leader he is.

The unhinged interview with Chechnya’s leader

According to Outsports, when Scott asks Kadyrov about Chechnya’s anti-LGBTQ purge, Kadyrov responds:

“What’s the point of these questions? This is nonsense. We don’t have those kinds of people here. We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada. Praise be to God. Take them far from us so we don’t have them at home. To purify our blood, if there are any here, take them.”

His last statement about purifying blood is particularly eerie as it echoes similar statements used to justify honor killings (that is, when a family kills a relative that has brought shame to the family name). It’s common to say the only way to “purify” the bloodline or “remove the stain” is through murder, in this case, the murder of an LGBTQ family member.

Scott followed up by asking whether Kadyrov feels concerned over reports of the torture. Kadyrov says:

“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.… America is conducting an anti-Russian policy against the country’s leadership. They know that I’m ready to give my life for Russia, and that I have a good army capable of attacking and defending. We’ll see how things go for everyone.”

When Scott asks if Kadyrov considers the U.S. an enemy of Russia, Kadyrov responds by saying that the U.S. is not strong enough for Russia to regard as an enemy.

“We have a strong government and are a nuclear state. Even if our government was completely destroyed, our nuclear missiles would be automatically deployed. We will put the whole world on its knees and screw it from behind.”

Using an anal sex and rape metaphor to describe a nuclear holocaust of mutually assured destruction…. charming.

Other recent news about Chechnya’s ongoing purge

Kadyrov’s officials have long denied the existence of gay men in Chechnya, just as they have repeatedly denied report of the purge all while obstructing the official investigation into it.

This week, 52 Congressional Democrats and one Republican congressman signed a letter urging Trump to discuss the purge with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but it’s unclear whether Trump will ever bring it up since no one is even sure whether Trump even knows about it

Russia has denied the recent listing of the 27 men believed to have been killed in Chechnya’s purge. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said:

“We have taken note of [the reports]. We have similarly taken note of the denials of this information by Chechen law enforcement bodies. The information is of an anonymous character. It’s unclear what the source of this information is. So this is all I can say for now.”

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