Russian lawmaker, Tamara Pletnyova, has advised Russian women not to have sex with foreign men during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in her homeland.
The 2018 World Cup will kick-off today (Thursday) with the opening game between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.
The month-long event will see a large number of foreigners visit Russia to watch the competition live.
Pletnyova, chairwoman of the Family, Women, and Children Affairs Committee in the lower house of parliament, warned of a possible rise in the number of single mothers in the event of Russian women mingling with foreigners in an interview with Govorit Moscow radio.
“These children suffer and have suffered, even since Soviet times,” she said in comments published by Govorit Moskva.
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.”
“If it’s another race, then it’s even worse,” Pletnyova, a member of the Communist Party, said.
“We should give birth to our own children. I’m not a nationalist, but nonetheless. I know that the children suffer as well, and then they are abandoned and stay here with the mother.”
She added that, even if Russian women get married to their foreign partners, they could end up living abroad with their spouses and have no idea how to return home.
“Then they come to me at the committee and cry that the child was taken away, removed, and so forth. I would like people to get married based on love in our country, regardless of which ethnicity, [to] Russian citizens who would build a good family, live in harmony, have children, and raise them.”