Ramzan Kadyrov

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Ramzan Kadyrov

Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov is the Chechen president who is "backed by the Kremlin."[1],[2]

Ramzan Kadyrov is the son of former Chechen President Imam Akhmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated in May 2004.[3]

Reports of 'rounding up' homosexuals

Ramzan Kadyrov(left) with former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
After reports of rounding up gay men surfaced in Chechnya in April 2017, Ramzan Kadyrov was quoted as saying that the report was "an absolute lie and disinformation." The article at Radio Free Europe continued to quote Kadrov:
"You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic," Ramzan Kadyrov said. "If there were such people in Chechnya, the law-enforcement organs wouldn't need to have anything to do with them because their relatives would send them somewhere from which there is no returning."[4]

A report at the Guardian, however, attributed the quote to Alvi Karimov, spokesperson for Ramzan Kadyrov.[5]