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The White House has finally spoken out on Chechyna’s persecution of gay men

The White House has finally spoken out on Chechyna’s persecution of gay men

Ramzan Kadyrov is the Head of Chechnya's movement

President Donald Trump’s administration has finally reacted to Chechyna’s persecution of gay men.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen president, spoke with HBO to deny the reports of a ‘gay purge’ in the region.

He said if there were any gay people in the autonomous Russian region, who he referred to as ‘devils’, ‘for sale’ and ‘not people’, they should move to Canada.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said her department found these comments to be ‘very concerning and also upsetting’.

She also claimed the administration was raising the issue with Russian authorities ‘at the highest levels’.

However, both Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have both refused to speak about Chechyna’s human rights abuses with President Vladimir Putin in the past few weeks.

Kadyrov answered questions from HBO’s David Scott, who raised the torture and killing of gay men in the Russian republic.

Scott asked: ‘I wanted to ask you about the alleged roundup, abduction, and torture of gay men in the Republic.’

To which Kadyrov replied: ‘Why did he [Scott] come here? What’s the point of these questions?

‘This is nonsense. We don’t have those kinds of people here.

‘We don’t have any gays.

‘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.

When pressed on the matter further, he continued: ‘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 said.