HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel traveled to Chechnya to cover Ramzan Kadyrov’s use of Mixed Martial Arts to spread his political views overseas. Kadyrov is the Head of the Chechen Republic, maintaining both a military and political dictatorship.
During an interview, HBO reporter David Scott presses Kadyrov about the ongoing gay purge in Chechnya.
Following a question about the round-up, abduction and torture of gay men in Chechnya, Kadyrov becomes visibly upset. “Why did you come here? What’s the point of these question? This is nonsense. We don’t have those kinds of people here, Kadyrov said. “We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada.”
Quick to assert his view of LGBT individuals, Kadyrov continues while waving his hands in the air: “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.”
The interviewer continues to press Kadyrov, asking him if the acts of violence in the Chechen Republic concern him in any way.
Speaking of gay men, Kadyrov says: “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.”
Kadyrov then moves on to discuss his view of the United States, and what he calls an “Anti-Russian policy.” “They know that I’m ready to give my life for Russia, and that I have a good army capable of attacking and defending. We’ll see how things go for everyone.”
“America is not really a strong enough state for us to regard it as an enemy of Russia. We have a strong government and are a nuclear state. 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,” Kadyrov stated after being asked if he considered the United States to be an enemy.
The full interview, which is set to air at 10 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday on HBO, comes less than a week after a list of names was released, all of which were executed extra-judiciously in Chechnya.
The continued reports of violence in the region, along with Kadyrov’s disturbing comments, further prove the belief that the lives of gay men in Russia are of no value to those charged with their protection.
Ramzan Kadyrov serves as both the Head of the Chechen Republic and member of the Advisory Commission of the State Council of the Russian Federation.