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Chechnya's president says Washington conducting anti-Russian policies

15 Juillet 2017

But HBO Real Sports has no such qualms. We don't have those kinds of people here.

'We don't have any gays.

Kadyrov says, "To purify our blood, if there are any here take them", and he goes on, "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, ' he said.

Kadyrov's comments came during an interview with HBO reporter David Scott for the show "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel".

The Real Sports interview will air on HBO on July 18.

Allegations about violence directed towards gay men in Chechnya first emerged in April when independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta described how more than 100 gay men had been detained and tortured in World War Two-style concentration camps for LGBT people.

When the interviewer asked him if he felt concerned by reports from young men and they had been tortured for days, Kadyrov said: "They are devils".

Kadyrov's security forces have been widely accused of extensive human-rights abuses including abductions and killings in Chechnya.

Although the reports sparked condemnation from numerous global organizations, Chechen authorities dismissed them outright.

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The Chechen president then turned to Scott, declaring "this is nonsense". Under his leadership, the republic has become increasingly socially conservative. For months he has denied that any anti-gay crackdown is taking place and that gay men even exist in Chechnya.

Kadyrov's initial response is to laugh. What's the point of these question?

"They are devils", he said. They are not people.

'God damn them for what they are accusing us of. "They will have to answer to the Almighty for this".

Kadyrov, who is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the Kremlin have previously sought to downplay or even dismiss these reports.

Nor did Kadyrov seem cowed by any thought of American intervention.

When asked if he regards the United States as Russia's enemy, Kadyrov said: "America is not really a strong enough state for us to regard it as an enemy of Russian Federation".

Kadyrov, a former Chechen rebel who fought against the Russian state, now rules the semi-autonomous republic as a proxy for the Russian government.

"Even if our government were completely destroyed, our nuclear missiles would be automatically deployed", he said.

Chechnya's president says Washington conducting anti-Russian policies