MP warns Russian women not to sleep with World Cup guests

Rex Christensen
June 13, 2018

Tamara Pletnyova, the head of a parliamentary committee on family matters, said in an interview with the Govorit Moskva (Moscow Speaks) radio station that she hopes Russian women will decide against casual relationships with foreign spectators that may end up in unplanned pregnancies.

Tamara Pletnyova, head of the family, women and children's affairs committee, argued that even if these relationships led to marriage, women or their children would inevitably be taken overseas by the man.

The World Cup hosted by Russian Federation could mean "there will be young women who meet someone and then give birth..."

"We should give birth to our own children". Most recently she responded to allegations from multiple female journalists who accused one of Pletnyova's male colleagues of sexually assaulting them by saying they should dress more conservatively, or quit their jobs if they feel unsafe.

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'It's the children who suffer. and have suffered since the Soviet era. It's lucky if they're the same race (as the mother) but if they're of another race, it's worse, ' the Siberian-born politician said.

Stating that she was "not a nationalist", Pletnyova added, 'nonetheless, I know how children suffer later on.

Urging women to marry "Russian citizens" instead, she said that children risked being "abandoned and just left with their mother" or being taken overseas by their fathers. "Then they come to me in the committee, girls crying that their baby was taken away, was taken, and so on. I would like people to get married based on love in our country, regardless of which ethnicity, [to] Russian citizens who would build a good family, live in harmony, have children, and raise them", Pletnyova added.

Her comments drew criticism and ridicule. "I hope not", she said. Why should we copy everything? A Russian lawmaker has told local women to keep away from foreigners during the World Cup and instead marry Russian men.

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