Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has compared homosexuals to devils before saying any left in his country should be sent to Canada.
The hard line president claimed there were no gays in his Russian republic just months after allegedly ordering a ‘purge’ in which LGBT people were said to be placed in camps.
The Putin-backed politician made the remarks during an interview on HBO Real Sports about wrestling in Chechnya after reporter David Scott quizzed him about the jailing, torture and murder of gay men.
Kadyrov said: ‘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.’
The Putin-ally then added: ‘They are devils. They are for sale. They are not people.’
In April, over 100 men were rounded up during a so-called ‘Gay Purge’ which saw gay people taken to prisons and tortured.
Russian LGBT campaigners claimed to have rescued at least 40 people during the ‘purge’ which saw at least four men die and a wave of attacks on the LGBT community.