Moscow, July 10, Interfax - The Kremlin has no intention of becoming familiar with the documentary film Welcome to Chechnya on the situation of LGBT people in the Russian internal republic of Chechnya, and there are no repressive tendencies against such people at the state level.
"If you think the Kremlin needs to drop everything and watch a television show about gay people in Russia on HBO (television channel), tell us. We believe we have many other, more important things to do," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"I wouldn't exaggerate the significance of such shows," Peskov said.
Responding to a question about the president's attitude toward sexual minorities, Peskov said Putin has repeatedly spoken about that. "The president always talks about a specific law, which some western countries interpret incorrectly; he denies any accusations that there are repressive tendencies in this area on the part of the state," he said.
"But the president always points out the national traditions in Russia on the whole, in some national republics, where historical roots have their own characteristics which cannot be ignored," Peskov said.
Responding to a remark saying that inappropriate statements about such persons are sometimes made in the presence of the president, Peskov said, "He's generally intolerant of excesses, and that's more of an excess."