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Avoid sex with foreign men during World Cup - lawmaker

  • Russian women should avoid sex with foreign men during 2018 World Cup
    Russian women should avoid sex with non-white foreign men during the football World Cup because they could become single mothers to mixed race children Russian women should avoid sex with foreign men during 2018 World Cup
  • Russian women should avoid sex with foreign men during 2018 World Cup
    Russian women should avoid sex with non-white foreign men during the football World Cup because they could become single mothers to mixed race children Russian women should avoid sex with foreign men during 2018 World Cup

A prominent Russian MP has been heavily criticised after urging women not to have sex with foreign men during the World Cup.

Communist Party MP Tamara Pletnyova told a Moscow Radio station that she was "not a nationalist" but believed Russian women should avoid sex with people "of a different race" because "their children suffer".

She was responding to a question about the "kids of the Olympics" - referencing the claim that there was a spike in births of mixed-race children in Russia after the 1980 Summer Olympics.

Ms Pletnyova said that these children were "abandoned" by their foreign fathers.

"It's not so bad if the fathers are of the same race," she said. "But if they are of a different race, then that's it.

"[The children] are abandoned, and they stay here with their mother. We should be giving birth to our children."

'Say No to Racism'?

Ms Pletnyova has been widely condemned online, with some people drawing parallels between her comments and Fifa's Say No to Racism campaign.

Recalling how a former ice skater defended a racist tweet by claiming her Twitter account had been hacked, radio presenter Tayana Felgengauer wondered if Ms Pletnyova might claim something similar had happened to her.

"I wonder what Pletnyova will say when they remind her of Say No to Racism," she tweeted.