A Russian politician has warned the country’s women to resist the temptation of entering intimate relationship with foreign players and fans alike visiting the nation for the World Cup.
Tamara Pletnyova, 70, sparked controversy with the discriminatory remarks made on the eve of the tournament.
Pletnyova, chairwoman of the Family, Women, and Children Affairs Committee in the lower house of parliament, warned that such behaviour could result in a possible rise of single mothers, local media reports.
She said foreign men will abandon women to raise children alone when they return home after the tournament.
Pletnyova said: “Russian women should get something clear in their heads regarding foreigners. 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.”
She claimed lessons should be learned from the Moscow Olympics in 1980 when she claimed many women fell pregnant to foreign men.
“These children have suffered since Soviet times,” she said. It is good if at least the couple is of one race. But if not then…we’ve got to have our own children. I am not a nationalist, but nonetheless, I know how children suffer later on. They are being dumped and this is it. They have to stay here with mothers.”
She continued: “Even if they marry her, they take her away (from Russia) and she doesn’t know how to get back. Then they come to see me at parliament and cry that their children were taken away, snatched from them. I would have liked people in our country marry for love, regardless of nationality.”
Pletynova, who is also deputy chair of the Russian lower house, said would prefer her compatriots not to marry foreigners. “Couples should “both be citizens of Russia who build a good family, live peacefully and in a friendly way and bring up children together.
The much awaited World cup will kick off Thursday with host country Russia taking on Saudi Arabia at the 81 thousand capacities Luzhniki Stadium.