Kadyrov spoke with "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" as part of a segment that focused on his promotion of mixed martial arts in the predominantly Muslim, semi-autonomous Russian republic in the North Caucuses. "We don't have these kinds of people here".
"As Members of Congress dedicated to the promotion of fundamental human rights across the globe", the letter begins, "we urge you to immediately publicly condemn the ongoing abuses of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) and perceived to be LGBT individuals in Chechnya and to raise this issue at the highest levels with members of the Russian government". If there are there take them to Canada.
Quick to assert his view of LGBT individuals, Kadyrov continues while waving his hands in the air: "Praise be to God". God damn them for what they are accusing us of. "To purify our blood, it there are any here, take them".
Kadyrov said that if there are any gay men in Chechnya, they should be taken away "to purify our blood". It also cites worldwide human rights organizations and local activists who have said this crackdown includes "beatings, torture with electric shocks, and purposely outing victims to their families, with the intention of inciting 'honor killings'".
The Chechen leader asks someone off camera: "Why did [this reporter] come here? What's the point of these questions?"
When pressed on the matter further, he continued: 'They are devils. "They are for sale. They are not people", Kadyrov told Real Sports. "Let them be cursed for what they say about us", Kadyrov said, referring to the media that he claims is slandering his name. "They will always have to answer to the Almighty for this", he says. As quoted in The Irish Independent, Kadyrov's spokesperson Alvi Karimov claimed, "You can not detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic".
He added: "If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them since their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return".
In April, over 100 men were rounded up during a so-called "Gay Purge" which saw gay people taken to prisons and tortured. "Others were returned to their families barely alive from beatings".