If a gay man attempted to hit on him in the shower, Russian President Vladimir Putin says his judo skills would prove very useful.
Talking to Oliver Stone in a preview of his two-part interview with the leader, Putin also casually espoused his sexist viewpoint.
“I am not a woman, so I don’t have bad days,” he says. “I am not trying to insult anyone. That’s just the nature of things. There are certain menstrual cycles.”
He also claimed “there are no restrictions whatsoever” on gay people, pointing out that other countries enforce the death penalty for homosexuality.
But if a gay man happened to be showering next to him?
“Well, I prefer not to go to the shower with him,” Putin laughed. “Why provoke him? But you know, I’m a judo master.”
Since 2013, open displays or representations of LGBTQ pride in Russia have been classified as indecent and must be kept out of reach of children’s eyes.
Information about homosexuality is considered propaganda, and again, must not be available to children.
In May, Chechen leader and ally of Vladimir Putin, Ramzan Kadyrov, allegedly authorized six concentration camp for men “suspected of being homosexual.”
Kadyrov told Putin the camps simply don’t exist, and the Russian leader has reportedly accepted that dismissal despite knowing the full measures of what’s going on there: Kadyrov aspired to wipe out Chechnya’s gay community by month’s end.
Speaking to France24, one survivor said:
“They tell the parents to kill their child. They say, ‘Either you do it, or we will.’ They call it ‘cleaning your honor with blood.’ They tortured a man for two weeks [then] they summoned his parents and brothers who all came. The authorities said to them: ‘Your son is a homosexual – sort it out or we’ll do it ourselves.’ They replied: ‘It’s our family. We’ll do it. The family took him and killed him in the forest…They buried him there. They didn’t even give him a funeral. If I go home, my own family will kill me.”