Russian politician's message to local women: No sex with foreign tourists

Annette Crawford
June 14, 2018

Football fans heading to Russian Federation and hoping to have a bit of fun during the 2018 Fifa World Cup could end up a disappointed lot.

Thousands of fans are heading to Russia for the tournament, which kicks off Thursday when the Russian squad takes on Saudi Arabia.

A member of parliament in Russian Federation on Wednesday asked the country's women not to have sex with foreign fans arriving for the World Cup as they would risk becoming single mothers to mixed-race children, Reuters reported.

Degtyaryov is the head of a parliamentary committee overseeing sports.

"I would like to address all fans and soccer players", lawmaker Mikhail Degtyarev told the Moskva (Moscow) news agency on Thursday. "I hope to God that there would be more love stories, more children, more mixed unions". "We should be giving birth to our children".

A man passes a poster featuring Zabivaka, the official mascot of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament, outside the 80,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 12, 2018.

Degtyarev asked all locals to treat foreign visitors "with understanding, with care and with love", after Pletnyova's remarks appeared to not only stigmatized single mothers but also interracial relationships.

"We should have our own children".

"It's the children who suffer. and have suffered since the Soviet era".

Pletnyova's comments come barely a week after England global Danny Rose, a black player, publicly told his family to stay away from Russian Federation amid concerns over racism.

One Twitter user wondered if the Russian MP meant to "monitor the behaviour of female Russians of reproductive age", while another pointed out the irony in the fact Ms Pletnyova had previously been "the head of the Committee for Nationalities".

A recent independent Levada Center survey indicate that Russians prefer watching TV to sex, but expected influx of soccer fans from accross the globe it is suspected in some quarters, could trigger off interest among those who may have been shied away from stating exactly which one the prefer.

"Say no to racism", he read out. "This is probably the best way to characterize the atmosphere of this holiday and Russia's approach to it", Peskov added.

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