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Russian MP warns against sex with foreigners during World Cup

Russian legislator asks women not to have sex with foreign men at FIFA World Cup Reuters
Cary Erickson | 14 June, 2018, 12:53

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.

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 that she has received complaints from some Russian women who moved overseas after marrying foreigners and eventually lost custody of their children.

'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'.

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.

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

Urging women to marry "Russian citizens" instead, she said that children risked being "abandoned and just left with their mother" or being taken overseas by their fathers. "These children will later suffer and have suffered in the Soviet era", Pletnyova said in a quote translated by The Independent.

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"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 am no nationalist but nevertheless".

'I would have liked people in our country marry for love, regardless of nationality'. "I want to see them build good families, live in harmony, have children and raise them, this is what I would like to see".

However, her comments drew both criticism and ridicule.

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

Russian women have been told to resist the temptation to enter intimate relationship with foreign players and fans alike during the month long display of soccer artistry. Why should we copy everything?