Russian Women Should Avoid Sex With Foreign World Cup Fans, Lawmaker Says

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

More than one million worldwide tourists are expected to visit Russian Federation during the World Cup in Russian Federation between June 14 and July 15. Concerns about racism and discrimination in Russian Federation have shadowed the weeks leading up to the World Cup games, and the lawmaker's statement waded into racially-charged territory.

Tamara Pletnyova said in an interview with Govorit Moskva radio station Russian women should abstain from sex with foreigners visiting the country for the tournament, citing concerns about a possible spike in single-parent families.

'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'.

Pletnyova was referencing the Moscow Olympics of 1980 when she said, "Their children will suffer for it".

"We should be giving birth to our own children".

She was responding to a question about the "kids of the Olympics" - referencing the claim that there was a spike in births of mixed-race children in Russian Federation after the 1980 Summer Olympics.

"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. "I know that the children suffer as well, and then they are abandoned and stay here with the mother".

She also suggested that should a Russian woman get pregnant, it would be better if the father of the child was "of the same race".

'Then they come to see me at parliament and cry that their children were taken away, snatched from them. I'm not a nationalist, but nonetheless.

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.

"I wonder what Pletneva 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. Why should we copy everything?

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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