Chechnya lead Ramzan Kadyrov has called gay people the “devil” and once again denied reports of the gay purge in the region.
Speaking to HBO, the Chechen president said that if there were any gay people living in the region, then they should move to Canada.
He also said that “they are not people”.
The comments came after David Scott of HBO asked Kadyrov about “the alleged roundup, abduction and torture of gay men in the Republic”.
Kadyrov retorted: “Why did he come here? 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,” he said.
He went on to add that homosexual needed to be removed from Chechnya to “purify” the “blood” of the region.
He said: “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.
“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.”
It’s not the first time that Kadyrov denied that gay men lived in the region. He said that there was just “fake Chechens”.
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Initial reports of gay men being detained in the region, which is subject to federal law as it falls under the Russian federation, were revealed by the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
Journalists who exposed the purge have been forced into hiding as they have received numerous threats from the largest mosque in the region, which has declared jihad against the newspaper.
Following the initial exposure, it has been revealed that Chechnya authorities are forcing gay men into concentration camps, sparking an outcry from LGBT and human rights activists across the world.
A number of heart breaking stories from the region have been shared, including stories of parents of gay people who were issued a warning to kill their children before police killed them in torture camps.
Tanya Lokshina, from the Human Rights Watch, said that Chechen authorities had been conducting “extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, torture and cruel and degrading treatment” over the span of the last two decades.
Kadyrov pledged to “eliminate” the gay community in Chechnya by the start of Ramadan on May 26.
27 names of men who were killed on one night in the region have been revealed by Novaya Gazeta.