2019-09-19 18:13:00

Kadyrov ready for dialogue with PACE rep on rights of LGBT persons in Chechnya, although finds problem far-fetched

Moscow, September 19, Interfax - Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, is ready for dialogue with rapporteur for LGBT persons in Chechnya Frank Schwabe, but sees the problem with violations of the rights of LGBT persons in Chechnya as far-fetched.

"The arrival in Grozny of representatives of international organizations lies within the area of responsibility of the Foreign Ministry. And Chechnya is open to dialogue with any delegations, the visit has been coordinated with the Foreign Ministry," Kadyrov said on his Telegram channel on Thursday.

"There are reasons to believe that PACE and some other European organizations are openly biased when discussing issues relating to Chechnya," he said. In particular, "they are not interested in the changes taking place in Chechnya, including the political, economic, democratic, and social processes, which have never happened in the history of post-war territories," he said. "There is every reason to believe that they are deliberately setting themselves a goal to badmouth Chechnya and then the whole of Russia," Kadyrov said.

"As to the 'problems' with LGBT, it does not really exist. At least in Chechnya. Our men marry women and our women marry men. It has been this way for thousands of years and it will always be this way, no matter what they force on us in the West. Hundreds of inspections have been conducted by all relevant agencies and representatives of the human rights community. But people who don't want to see the real picture turn a blind eye to that," Kadyrov said.

PACE wants the people of Chechnya "to lose their spiritual and national values, become dissolved in those who have forgotten their languages, religion, culture, who want men to stop being men and women to stop being women," he said.

"I am certain that the people of Chechnya, like the other peoples of Russia, have a steady immunity against such destructive and corrosive evil. Our peoples are capable of defending themselves and the country from the Western attempts to export so-called 'democracy' aimed at destroying the institution of the traditional family, destroying our religion, and culture, which Russian society has always treasured," Kadyrov said.

Russian State Duma Deputy Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy earlier said Schwabe would visit Chechnya.