A female Russian politician has urged local women not to have sex with foreigners during the World Cup, warning against biracial babies.
Tamara Pletnyova, chairman of the the Family, Women and Children Affairs committee, urged Russian women to abstain from “intimate relations” with foreign visitors, saying that such behaviour would likely to lead to their children being taken abroad.
“Even if they get married, they’ll take them away, then she doesn’t know how to get back,” Ms Pletnyova told Govorit Moskva radio station on Thursday.
“Then they come to me in the committee, girls crying that their baby was taken away, was taken, and so on.
“I’d like people in our country to marry for love, no matter what nationality as long as they are Russian citizens who will build a family, live peacefully, have children and raise them.”
Ms Pletnyova said women who had babies with foreigners around the time of the 1980 Moscow Olympics “suffered” as a result, and that they were often left to be single mothers.
A member of the Communist Party, she claimed her comments were not motivated by nationalism, but rather it was better if children were born from parents of the same race.
“It is one thing if the parents are of the same race; quite another if they are of different races,” she said. “We should give birth to our own children.”
“It’s good if it’s one race, but if it’s another race, then it’s even worse, then they really did [suffer].”
Ms Pletnyova is no stranger to controversial statements. In March this year she supported comments that female journalists who cover Russian politics should change jobs if they face sexual harassment from lawmakers.
“I would like to say that these girl journalists should look more decent, put clothes on themselves when entering a state building, instead of having their belly buttons naked,” Ms Pletnyova said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio.
“If they are scared and are offended, they should not come here.”
Estimates suggest one million soccer fans will arrive in Russia for the World Cup in the next fortnight, with more than two million tickets being sold.