2018 “World Cup Baby” controversy: Do Russian women not have sexual relations with foreigners?

2018 "World Cup Baby" controversy: Do Russian women not have sexual relations with foreigners?
2018 “World Cup Baby” controversy: Do Russian women not have sexual relations with foreigners?

A well-known Russian parliamentarian suggested that local women do not have sexual relations with foreign men during the World Cup, which triggered repeated criticism.

Tamara Pletnyova, a member of the Communist Party of Russia’s State Duma, told a Moscow radio station that she was “not a nationalist” but she believed that Russian women should avoid sexual relations with people of “other races”. Because “their children will suffer.”

Pleniova was responding to the issue of “baby for the Olympics.” Earlier, there was a saying that after Russia hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1980, the birth rate of Russian mixed-blooded children suddenly rose.

Pleniva said that these children were “abandoned” by their foreign fathers.

“If these dads are the same race, it’s not that bad,” she said. “But if it is another race, that’s it.”

“(The children) are abandoned. They stay here with their mother. We should have our own children.”


“Say no to racism?”

Pleniova’s remarks have prompted her extensive criticism on the Internet. Some people put her words together with FIFA’s “No Say to Racism” movement.

The Russian radio host, Tayana Felgengauer, said that Pleniova may be just like the former skater who defended himself, seeking reasons to exonerate himself. Previously, a skater’s tweet was questioned as suspected of racial discrimination. The player later claimed that his Twitter account was stolen.

“I would like to know what she would say when someone reminded her to say “no to racism” exercise,” Fagan Gore said.

Others demanded that this Russian parliamentarian be “thrown out of the Duma.”

A Twitter user stated that Pleniova may be trying to “monitor the behavior of women of child-bearing age in Russia”, and it was also pointed out that ironically, Pleniva had previously been “a person in charge of a national council”.


But not all reviews are negative.

There are also some people who agree with Pleniva’s point of view that “we should give birth to our own Russian children”. Someone else asked: “What’s wrong with what she said?”

At the same time, some people stood up to defend her freedom of expression. “I think everyone can freely express their opinions, including Mr. Preniseva.”

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