Russian MP warns against sex with foreigners during World Cup

Blanche Robertson
June 14, 2018

Fireworks light up the sky above the Kremlin in Moscow on June 13, 2018, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

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

The comments, made the day before the worldwide soccer tournament is set to begin in Russia, come from Tamara Pletnyova; the Russian politician who oversees that country's Family, Women, and Children Affairs Committee in the lower house of parliament.

'Will there still be girls who will date foreigners and then have children from them Perhaps there will be some, but I am hoping not'.

She said this in response to a question from a radio station about the so-called "Children of the Olympics" after the Moscow Games in 1980, a time when contraceptive methods were not widely popular and available in the country.

Children who are mixed-race are likely to be brought up in one-parent families, she warned.

"Even if they marry, they move her overseas, then she does not know how [to return] from there", Pletnyova, who is known for her conservative remarks, told the Govorit Moskva (Moscow Speaks) radio station on Wednesday.

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

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"[The children] are abandoned, and they stay here with their mother. We should have our own babies", Ms Pletnyova said.

She said that children risked being "abandoned and just left with their mother" or alternatively being taken overseas by their fathers, urging women to marry "Russian citizens".

Pletnyova said she hoped Russian women would marry Russian citizens of any nationality or ethnicity and build strong and loving families here.

However, her comments drew both criticism and ridicule.

'I wonder what Pletnyova will say when she's reminded of Say No to Racism, ' wrote radio journalist Tatyana Felgenhauer on Twitter, in reference to FIFA's long-running anti-racism campaign.

"We're not in America or Europe".

She said in March, "Those who get harassed are probably the ones who want it themselves and give the occasion for it".

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