Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, responding to news accounts of abuses against gays in the mostly Muslim country, said “we don’t have those kinds of people here.”
It’s absolutely amazing how the left can claim a love for homosexual rights and Islam at the same time. The two just don’t mix.
Islam has absolutely no tolerance for gays — a hatred that manifests, for example, in government-sponsored killing of gays.
In Chechnya, in April, more than 100 gay men were locked up and beaten — for the crime of being gay. And Kadyrov won’t even admit his country is home to gays, never mind his country is guilty of human rights abusees of gays.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has denied claims that gay men are killed in his country, denying that any even exist there.
Rejecting allegations of human rights abuses, Mr Kadyrov said: “We don’t have those kinds of people here”.
Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported in April that more than 100 gay men had been locked up and tortured in the Russian republic.
Meanwhile, one man told Sky News how he was forced to flee Chechnya after police turned up at his home looking for him.
However, in a TV interview Mr Kadyrov dismissed the claims as “nonsense”.
He said: “We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada”.
The Chechen leader described those making the allegations as “devils”, adding: “God damn them for what they are accusing us of”.
It is not the first time Mr Kadyrov has made such claims.
When reports of violent persecution of gay men first surfaced a few months ago, the Chechen leader said his republic “does not have the phenomenon called non-traditional sexual orientation,”
He added: “Its people have lived for thousands of years according to different rules laid down by Allah.”
In April, UN human rights experts said gay and bisexual people in Chechnya were “living in a climate of fear fuelled by homophobic speeches by local authorities”.
A month later, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would support an investigation into “the well-known information, or rumours” about people “with a non-traditional sexual orientation.”
Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel are among leaders who have expressed concern over the allegations.