Chechnya’s President Ramzan Kadyrov promises to eliminate the gay community from the predominantly Muslim country by the start of Ramadan.
Kadyrov’s sinister plans were revealed during an alarming report from Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, concerning the anti-gay purge currently taking place in Chechnya.
Speaking on the floor of parliament, British Foreign Minister Alan Duncan declared:
Human rights groups report that these anti-gay campaigns and killings are orchestrated by the head of the Chechen republic, Ramzan Kadyrov.
He has carried out other violent campaigns in the past, and this time he is directing his efforts at the LGBT community. Sources have said that he wants the [LGBT] community eliminated by the start of Ramadan.
PinkNews reports they have “spoken to the Foreign Office, who verified that President Kadyrov made the threat in local Russian language media, seen by the UK government.”
Alarming reports of gay men being hunted down, rounded up, and put into concentration camps in Chechnya began to circulate earlier this month.
Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta is reporting that a secret concentration camp has been set up in the town of Argun to detain gay men arrested in the purge. According to the report, Chechen authorities have set up several camps where homosexuals are killed or beaten and forced to promise to leave the republic.
At the time of the initial report Chechen authorities had rounded up over 100 gay men, and executed at least three of them, among them religious figures and local television personalities.
Previously, President Kadyrov denied reports of the concentration camps, and described the allegations as “absolute lies and disinformation.”
Kadyrov’s spokesman Alvi Karimov told the Interfax News Agency:
You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic.
If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.
Now it appears their story has changed, and Kadyrov is apparently promising to eliminate all gay people by the start of Ramadan.
As Head of the Chechen Republic, Kadyrov has introduced Islamic rule in the Muslim-majority region, and has been accused of multiple human rights violations. The Guardian reports Kadyrov has endorsed polygamy, and compulsory wearing of the hijab for women in public places.
In addition, in 2009 Kadyrov stated his approval of honor killings, based on the belief that women are the property of their husbands; and in January 2015 Kadyrov said he would organize protests if a Russian newspaper published the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, saying “we will not allow anyone to insult the prophet, even if it will cost us our lives.”
In short, Chechnya’s President is a moral monster with plans of exterminating all gay people in Chechnya in the name of Islam.
Perhaps more important, Kadyrov is a moral monster who enjoys the backing and support of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and by extension, the Russian Orthodox Church. Chechnya is part of the the Russian federation, and Kadyrov is Putin’s puppet.
If Putin wanted to stop the extermination of gays in Chechnya, he could. The fact is, Putin is every bit as homophobic as his puppet Kadyrov.
Ramadan starts on May 26 this year.