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Chechen President on Gays: 'They Are Devils. They Are Not People'

Chechen President on Gays

A new interview with the leader of the Russian region underscores how dire the situation is for gays there.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov gave a chilling interview where he again said gay people do not exist in Chechnya and if they do, they are devils who should immediately flee to Canada.

Kadyrov -- speaking to HBO's Real Sports, ostensibly about a wrestling league in Chechyna, a semiautonomous republic within Russia -- was confronted about his nation's imprisonment and killing of gay and bisexual men; an unknown number have been murdered. Kadyrov was furious at the questioning by reporter David Scott: "Why does he come here? What's the point of these questions?"

Kadyrov finally answered,"We don't have those kinds of people here... If there are there take them to Canada... Take them far from us so we don't have them at home... To purify our blood, if there are any here, take them."

When pushed by Scott about the reports from the tortured gay men, Kadryov responded, "They are devils. They are for sale. They are not people."

Kadyrov -- an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin -- also made clear he views the U.S. as an enemy and said, "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."

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