MP warns Russian women

Tamara Pletnyova at a session of the Russian State Duma on Feb. 7 2018. 

'Will there still be girls who will date foreigners and then have children from them Perhaps there will be some, but I am hoping not'.

Concerns about racism and discrimination in Russian Federation have shadowed the weeks leading up to the World Cup games, and the lawmaker's statement waded into racially-charged territory. She said that she has received complaints from some Russian women who moved overseas after marrying foreigners and eventually lost custody of their children.

Children who are mixed-race are likely to be brought up in one-parent families, she warned.

The term was used during the Soviet era to describe non-white children conceived at global events after relationships between Russian women and men from Africa, Latin America, or Asia.

Asked if the World Cup could boost Russia's birth rate - a key goal for President Vladimir Putin - Pletneva replied: "We should be giving birth to our own children". It's lucky if they're the same race (as the mother) but if they're of another race, it's worse, ' the Siberian-born politician said. I'm not a nationalist, but nonetheless. They are being dumped and this is it.

She also suggested that should a Russian woman get pregnant, it would be better if the father of the child was "of the same race".

"Even if they get married, they will take them away, then she does not know how to get back", Pletnyova said during a radio interview, according to The Telegraph.

"Then they come to me at the committee and cry that the child was taken away, removed, and so forth". "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. "It doesn't matter what nationality they are (as long as) they are Russian citizens", Pletnyova said.

Pletnyova previously criticised the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, tentatively spreading in Russian Federation.

The World Cup hosted by Russian Federation could mean "there will be young women who meet someone and then give birth".

Pletynova has been an MP since the first post-Soviet parliament in 1993.

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