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Russian women should not sleep with World Cup guests, warns MP

AFP  |  Moscow 

Russian women should refrain from sleeping with visiting fans so as to avoid becoming single mothers with mixed-race children, a lawmaker who heads the parliament's committee said today.

Tamara Pletneva, a 70-year-old Communist who leads the lower house's family, women and children body, told Govorit Moskva radio station she hoped women would not date visiting fans and get pregnant.

hosted by could mean "there will be young women who meet someone and then give birth... I hope not," she said.

She compared the situation to held in Moscow, which led to some local women having then-unusual relationships with foreigners and falling pregnant.

Asked if could boost Russia's birth rate -- a key goal for -- Pletneva replied: "We should be giving birth to our own children." Children who are mixed-race are likely to be brought up in one-parent families, she warned.

"It's the children who suffer... and have suffered since the Soviet era. It's lucky if they're the same race (as the mother) but if they're of another race, it's worse," she said, adding "I'm not a nationalist."

She said that children risked being "abandoned and just left with their mother" or alternatively being taken abroad by their fathers, urging women to marry "Russian citizens." Her comments drew criticism and ridicule.

"I wonder what Pletneva will say when she's reminded of Say No to Racism," wrote on Twitter, in reference to FIFA's long-running anti-racism campaign.

Pletneva previously criticised the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, tentatively spreading in

"We're not in or Why should we copy everything? If a woman doesn't want it, no one is going to harass her," she told ru site in February.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 22:35 IST
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