With yet another sports competition just moved out of Russia and attention to former sports minister Vitaly Mutko’s role in the doping scandal intensifying, many in Moscow now fear that Russia could be stripped of the 2018 World Cup.
2018 FIFA World Cup
Staunton, June 5 – Even before the upcoming trials of former FIFA staffers confirm, as seems likely, that Moscow corruptly secured the hosting of the 2018 World Cup, a finding that would make it unthinkable to allow the competition to occur in Russia, there are already three compelling reasons why the international community should insist […]
Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr., the opposition journalist and coordinator for Open Russia, Khodorkovsky’s movement, is in serious but stable condition in a Moscow hospital, his father said. Friends and colleagues are concerned he could have been poisoned. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian […]
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has now joined Sen. John McCain and others in calling for FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign amid the corruption investigation of 9 sports officials. A new leadership could put in jeopardy Russia’s hosting of the World Cup in 2018. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be […]
Vladimir Kara-Murza, an opposition activist and journalist, has fallen severely ill in Moscow. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. UPDATES BELOW Russia This Week: – Is ‘Novorossiya’ Really Dead? – From Medal […]
Staunton, August 12 – In the case of Sochi, the West demonstrated that it wasn’t prepared to boycott the Olympic Games despite what Vladimir Putin had done, but FIFA, the international football federation, may strip Russia of the right to hold the 2018 World Cup because of Moscow’s violation of that organization’s rules concerning Crimean clubs. […]