Russian Politician to Women

Rex Christensen
June 14, 2018

Perhaps she was anxious that the women would face a future of single parenthood, but then the lawmaker said that it would be fine if they slept with foreigners who were the same race.

"It's good if it's one race, but if it's another race, then they really did". The danger, according to parliament's families committee chairwoman Tamara Pletnyova, is that "the inappropriate behavior of Russian women" will lead to single-parent families, and "nothing good will come out of it".

She spoke 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 contraception was not widely available in the country.

Pletnyova warned that even if a foreign visitor ends up marrying a Russian woman, it can still bring about difficulties.

Asked if the World Cup could cause a spike in Russia's birth rate - a key goal for President Vladimir Putin - Pletnyova replied: 'We should be giving birth to our own children'.

The term was used during the Soviet era to describe non-white children conceived at global events after relationships between Russian women and men from Africa, Latin America, or Asia. "If it's another race, then it's even worse", the member of the Communist Party said. "I'm not a nationalist, but still", she added. They are being dumped and this is it. "It doesn't matter what nationality they are (as long as) they are Russian citizens", Pletnyova said.

"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. "Then they come to me in the committee, girls crying that their baby was taken away, was taken, and so on".

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"I would like to see people in our country to get married for love. I hope not", she said.

Couples should 'both be citizens of Russian Federation who build a good family, live peacefully and in a friendly way and bring up children together, ' she went on.

However, her comments drew both criticism and ridicule.

Pletneva previously criticised the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, tentatively spreading in Russian Federation.

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

Thousands of soccer fans from 31 countries are travelling to the World Cup in Russian Federation that kicks off on Thursday with an opening ceremony in the capital followed by a match between the host team and Saudi Arabia.

Pletynova has been an MP since the first post-Soviet parliament in 1993.

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