Putin Says That Russian Women Can Sleep With Visiting Football Fans

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A Russian MP has encouraged Russians to have sex with visiting foreign football fans, a day after Russian authorities were embarrassed when one of his fellow parliamentarians warned against World Cup sexual liaisons.

Tamara Pletnyova, a lawmaker in the Communist Party and head of a state congressional committee on children and family affairs, discouraged women from sleeping with foreigners visiting Moscow for the quadrennial global soccer tournament.

"We must give birth to our own children". I'm not a nationalist, but still.

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".

Pletnyova, whose committee also handles women and children's rights, has voiced conservative views in the past. "It's the children who suffer and have suffered since the Soviet era", Pletnyova said.

"Then they come to me at the committee and cry that the child was taken away, removed, and so forth. I hope not", she said.

The 2018 World Cup will kick-off today (Thursday) with the opening game between hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

"[The children] are abandoned, and they stay here with their mother".

Another lawmaker, Alexander Sherin, said foreign fans could bring viruses to the World Cup and infect Russians, Reuters reported.

"Many years from now these children will remember that their parents' love story began during the World Cup in Russian Federation in 2018", he said, according to the Tass news agency. But if not then...we've got to have our own children. "Maybe they will get married, maybe they won't".

"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".

Pletnyova is a lawmaker for the KPRF Communist Party, a nominally opposition party that backs President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin on most key issues.

"I wonder what Pletneva 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.

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