Kadyrov denies killing them, as has been widely reported. But if they really don’t have any, that’s likely what happened to them.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has denied claims that gay men are killed in his country, denying that any even exist there.
Rejecting allegations of human rights abuses, Mr Kadyrov said: “We don’t have those kinds of people here”.
Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported in April that more than 100 gay men had been locked up and tortured in the Russian republic.
Meanwhile, one man told Sky News how he was forced to flee Chechnya after police turned up at his home looking for him.
However, in a TV interview Mr Kadyrov dismissed the claims as “nonsense”.
He said: “We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada”.
The Chechen leader described those making the allegations as “devils”, adding: “God damn them for what they are accusing us of”.
It is not the first time Mr Kadyrov has made such claims.
When reports of violent persecution of gay men first surfaced a few months ago, the Chechen leader said his republic “does not have the phenomenon called non-traditional sexual orientation”.
He added: “Its people have lived for thousands of years according to different rules laid down by Allah.”…