In a harrowing interview with Real Sports HBO, Ramzan Kadyrov, the ruler of the Chechen Republic — who also, as it turns out, is a fan of mixed martial arts — provided his thoughts on reports that gays are being tortured and murdered in his region.
HBO’s David Scott sat down with Kadyrov for the interview, set to air in full on July 18, asking about “the alleged roundup, abduction and torture of gay men” in Chechnya.
Kadyrov shifted in his seat, before looking off camera and asking “why did he come here? What’s the point of these questions?”
The Chechen president then turned to Scott, declaring “this is nonsense.”
“We don’t have those kinds of people here,” he continued. “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.”
Scott again asked if the reports of torture concern Kadyrov at all, and the president doubled down:
“They are devils,” he said. “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.”
And if those comments weren’t terrifying enough, Kadyrov went on to apparently suggest he is ready for war with the United States.
“America is conducting an anti-Russian policy against the country’s leadership,” he said. “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.”
When Scott asked if he considered the United States an enemy of Russia, the Chechen declared that “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,” he continued. “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.”
Watch above, via HBO.
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