A Russian lawmaker has some odd advice for the country's women ahead of the World Cup soccer tournament.
She compared the situation to the 1980 Olympics held in Moscow, which led to some local women having then-unusual relationships with foreigners and falling pregnant.
A man passes a poster featuring Zabivaka, the official mascot of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament, outside the 80,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 12, 2018.
The comments, made the day before the worldwide soccer tournament is set to begin in Russia, come from Tamara Pletnyova; the Russian politician who oversees that country's Family, Women, and Children Affairs Committee in the lower house of parliament.
Russia's birth rate hit its lowest level in a decade previous year despite government efforts to encourage Russians to reverse the demographic trend. "We should be birthing our own children", she said on Wednesday.
"It's the children who suffer. and have suffered since the Soviet era".
Russian politician's message to local women: No sex with foreign tourists
World Cup play begins on Thursday, with Russian Federation taking on Saudi Arabia. Forecast for the opening match gave hosts as much as 67% chance of winning the tie while Saudi Arabia is given 11% chance of winning with 22% of the game ending in a score or goalless draw. "It doesn't matter what nationality they are [as long as] they are Russian citizens", Pletnyova said. "I hope to God that there would be more love stories, more children, more mixed unions".
She said in March, "Those who get harassed are probably the ones who want it themselves and give the occasion for it".
Pletnyova is a lawmaker for the KPRF Communist Party, a nominally opposition party that backs President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin on most key issues.
Couples should 'both be citizens of Russian Federation who build a good family, live peacefully and in a friendly way and bring up children together, ' she went on.
Ms Pletnyova said that these children were "abandoned" by their foreign fathers.
Russians make up the majority ethnicity in the country but there are dozens of minority groups, as well as a large labour migrant force predominantly from Central Asia and the South Caucasus.
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