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Russian lawmaker, Tamara Pletnyova, has advised Russian women not to have sex with foreign men during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in her homeland.

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. She added: "We must give birth to our children. I am no nationalist but nevertheless".

"It's lucky if they're the same race (as the mother) but if they're of another race, it's worse", she added. Her reasoning behind such a sentiment is that children of mixed race have suffered badly in the country since the time of the Soviet Union.

"Will there still be girls who will date foreigners and then have children from them?"

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 month-long tournament will be held in 11 host cities across the country. "I want to see them build good families, live in harmony, have children and raise them, this is what I would like to see".

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

Mr Degtyaryov said: 'The more love stories we have connected to the world championship, the more people from different countries fall in love, the more children are born, the better'.

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Ms Pletnyova is no stranger to controversial statements.

British fans traveling to Russia for the World Cup have been warned about threats of racism and violence by Russian "hooligans", including "heightened risks" to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

She said: 'Even if [the men] marry [the mother], they take her away (from Russia) and she doesn't know how to get back.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: 'As for Russian women, they can, perhaps, decide it on their own.

In March, [Pletnyova] expressed support for comments by Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, in which he told female journalists who cover the legislature to change jobs if they face sexual harassment from lawmakers.

'I can show her a photo of my daughter.