Russian women should refrain from sleeping with visiting World Cup fans to avoid becoming single mothers with mixed-race children, a lawmaker who heads the parliament's family committee has advised. Most recently she responded to allegations from multiple female journalists who accused one of Pletnyova's male colleagues of sexually assaulting them by saying they should dress more conservatively, or quit their jobs if they feel unsafe.
Pletnyova warned that even if a foreign visitor ends up marrying a Russian woman, it can still bring about difficulties.
The committee chair said the Soviet Union experienced a similar phenomenon during the 1980 Olympic Games hosted in Moscow. "These children then suffer and they suffered even in Soviet times", she said, suggesting the children of interracial couples had the worst experience.
The term was used during the Soviet era to describe non-white children conceived at worldwide events after relationships between Russian women and men from Africa, Latin America, or Asia. We should bear our own children. "I'm not a nationalist, but still", she added.
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. "Then they come to me in the committee, girls crying that their baby was taken away, was taken, and so on".
She said: 'Even if [the men] marry [the mother], they take her away (from Russia) and she doesn't know how to get back.
'I would have liked people in our country marry for love, regardless of nationality'.
'I wonder what Pletnyova will say when she's reminded of Say No to Racism, ' wrote radio journalist Tatyana Felgenhauer on Twitter, in reference to FIFA's long-running anti-racism campaign. "I want to see them build good families, live in harmony, have children and raise them, this is what I would like to see".
Her comments drew criticism and ridicule. Why should we copy everything?
The much awaited World cup will kick off Thursday with host country Russian Federation taking on Saudi Arabia at the 81 thousand capacities Luzhniki Stadium.
"Those who get harassed are probably the ones who want it themselves and give the occasion for it", she said in March, claiming that introducing laws in Russian Federation for the offense is "excessive".