2017-11-27 10:01:00

Rights campaigners think up gay persecution issue in Chechnya - Kadyrov

Vladivostok, November 27, Interfax - Rights campaigners have concocted the issue of persecuting homosexuals in Chechnya to gain grants, Chechnya head Ramzan Kadyrov said.

"In the Chechen Republic human rights campaigners have thought this up to earn money, like [someone] is being persecuted in Chechnya, someone is killed in Chechnya! Who will we persecute?" Kadyrov said in the Deystvuyuschiye Litsa (Persona) show hosted by Nailya Asker-Zade on Rossiya 1 (VGTRK) television.

"In Chechnya someone was illegally detained, was illegally beaten up, punished there. And, then, they are kind of protecting this person and are receiving grants," the Chechen head also said.

For residents of the republic it is "worse than an insult," he said.

"We are saying, proving and inviting rights campaigners, are showing all this, but they do not believe us all the same. This cannot take place by all 100% in our Chechen Republic," Kadyrov said.