Russian MP warns against sex with foreigners during World Cup

Elias Hubbard
June 14, 2018

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.

The country has estimated it will attract 1.5 million tourists for one of the most widely watched sporting events that kicks off across 11 Russian cities on Thursday. Because many years from now, those children will remember that their parents' love story started here in Russian Federation during the 2018 World Cup.

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.

She said: 'Even if [the men] marry [the mother], they take her away (from Russia) and she doesn't know how to get back.

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. "These children will later suffer and have suffered in the Soviet era", Pletnyova said in a quote translated by The Independent.

"We should be giving birth to our own children". "Then they come to me at the committee and cry that the child was taken away, removed, and so forth", Pletnyova said. "I'm not a nationalist, but still", she added.

"I would like to see marriages in our country for love, regardless of the nationality, between those who are citizens of Russian Federation, who will build a good family, live with togetherness, have children and raise them", she said.

"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.

Pletneva previously criticised the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, tentatively spreading in Russian Federation. Why should we copy everything?

"Those who get harassed are probably the ones who want it themselves and give the occasion for it", she said in March, claiming that introducing laws in Russian Federation for the offense is "excessive".

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