The thing is she’s right

Russian women should avoid sex with non-white foreign men during the football World Cup because they could become single mothers to mixed-race children, a senior lawmaker in Moscow said on Wednesday.

Even when Russian women marry foreigners the relationships often end badly, said Tamara Pletnyova, head of parliament’s committee for families, women and children. Women are often stranded abroad or in Russia but unable to get their children back, she said.

She spoke in response to a question from a radio station about the so-called “Children of the Olympics” after the Moscow Games in 1980, a time when contraception was not widely available in the country.

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

“We must give birth to our children. These [mixed-race] kids suffer and have suffered since Soviet times,” Pletnyova told Govorit Moskva radio station.

Perhaps it would be better if she weren’t right but Russia is markedly more racist concerning such matters than the UK is. A mixed race kid isn’t going to get a fair shake of the stick in that country.

Sure, complain about why that is so but it’s true.

8 comments on “The thing is she’s right

  1. As in Britain, however, many Russian women will choose to believe that someone who looks like Idris Elba is a far more attractive proposition – a better shag – than Ian Blackford.

  2. Always worth a reposting….

    The Stranger within my gate,
    He may be true or kind,
    But he does not talk my talk–
    I cannot feel his mind.
    I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
    But not the soul behind.

    The men of my own stock,
    They may do ill or well,
    But they tell the lies I am wanted to,
    They are used to the lies I tell;
    And we do not need interpreters
    When we go to buy or sell.

    The Stranger within my gates,
    He may be evil or good,
    But I cannot tell what powers control–
    What reasons sway his mood;
    Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
    Shall repossess his blood.

    The men of my own stock,
    Bitter bad they may be,
    But, at least, they hear the things I hear,
    And see the things I see;
    And whatever I think of them and their likes
    They think of the likes of me.

    This was my father’s belief
    And this is also mine:
    Let the corn be all one sheaf–
    And the grapes be all one vine,
    Ere our children’s teeth are set on edge
    By bitter bread and wine.

  3. I wonder what the media reports would be like if wealthy British men were warned off having sex with, or marrying, blonde Russian or Ukrainians, apart from suggesting they take extra care when crossing the road?

  4. Doesn’t the media report marrying Russian girls is a bad idea all the time?

    Who would expect anything different? A Russian girl who has decided to sleep with a foreigner has abandoned her community. Which is fine in a free society and all that. Although quite why her community should continue to protect and support her is another matter. The minimum is that you can expect that community to make the occasional comment about it.

    In the meantime it is probably a little late for Russians to be objecting to this. Considering people with names like Turgenev, Bulgakov, Godunov, Bukharin, Rimsky-Korsakov, or Nabokov. Or families like the Stroganovs, Rostopchins, or Sheremetevs. Or even Pushkin himself who was partly African.

  5. “We must give birth to our children.”

    It’s hard to argue with that.

    Although I’m sure there’s a transgender activist out there will try.

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