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Chechen leader comments on his interview with HBO

Chechen leader comments on his interview with HBO

In a new interview with HBO reporter David Scott for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, which is covering Kadyrov's mixed martial arts involvement, the Kremlin-backed leader denies reports that gay men are being detained and tortured in the predominantly Muslim Russian republic-simply because they do not exist.

Rejecting allegations of human rights abuses, Mr Kadyrov said: We don't have those kinds of people here.

"We don't have any gays here".

During an interview on TV network HBO, Mr Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, was vehement in his denials when asked about the LGBT community in the Eastern European country.

He also says those making the allegations are "devils".

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In case some homosexuals should have slipped through the net, Mr Kadyrov advised transporting them to Canada. One of the men said he had been tortured over the course of several days.

Following a question about the round-up, abduction and torture of gay men in Chechnya, Kadyrov becomes visibly upset. They are subhuman. God damn them for slandering us.

"They [gay people] are devils".

Kadyrov previously denied the claims, saying, "You can not arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic". "They are not people", he says.

Kadyrov also dismissed concerns of what the USA might think of Chechnya. Kadyrov had long enjoyed the backing of Vladimir Putin, with the Russian president allowing the warlord to rule Chechnya as a virtual fiefdom as long as he kept the long-restive region in order.

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"America is conducting a policy against Russian Federation, against the country's leadership", Kadyrov said.

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.

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. "They will have to answer for it before the almighty", he said.

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