No Russian into sex please
AS MILLIONS are expected to visit Russia for the World Cup, one politician is warning women against being too friendly.
Tamara Pletnyova said in an interview with Govorit Moskva radio station Russian women should abstain from sex with foreigners visiting the country for the tournament, citing concerns about a possible spike in single-parent families.
The Family, Women and Children Affairs Committee chairwoman warned that "nothing good will come out of … the inappropriate behaviour of Russian women."
According to Reuters, the politician was responding to a question about the "Children of the Olympics," a term used in Russia to describe mixed-race children conceived after the 1980 Moscow Summer Games.
"There will be girls who meet men, and then they will give birth. Maybe they will get married, maybe they won't. These children will later suffer and have suffered in the Soviet era," Pletnyova said in a quote translated by The Independent.
Pletnyova's concerns come one month after the Argentine Football Association came under fire for distributing a booklet to World Cup-bound sports reporters, which included a chapter entitled "How to stand a chance with a Russian girl."
Meanwhile, companies involved in this year's World Cup - including FIFA and Russian Railways - are having employees take classes to learn how to smile and make tourists feel more welcome.
While Pletnyova wants to protect women from the possible burden of single parenthood, she also argues it would be better if children were born to parents of the same race or nationality.
In a quote translated by the Moscow Times, Pletnyova said: "It is one thing if the parents are of the same race; quite another if they are of different races."
"We should be giving birth to our own children. I'm not a nationalist, but still," she added.
The Moscow Times reports, however, that the Russian birthrate hit its lowest level in a decade last year, and government efforts to reverse the trend were falling short.
Pletnyova did add that she supports Russian citizens marrying "out of love, regardless of their ethnicity," in a quote translated by Reuters.