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    International World Cup Police Center

    An international police cooperation center has been inaugurated on the outskirts of Moscow to facilitate coordination between officers from the 32 countries that qualified for the World Cup in Russia.

    The law enforcement cooperation around the World Cup comes during a period of tense diplomatic relationships between Russia and the West. Leaders from the Group of Seven nations, including World Cup participants Britain, France, Germany and Japan, warned Russia over the weekend that they would consider additional sanctions if it continued to support the Syrian regime and destabilize democratic systems.

    “The main goal of the joint activity is to minimize violations by fans in the regions where the matches will take place,” Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said at the police cooperation center’s opening Tuesday.

    The officers, including from the 2022 World Cup host country Qatar, will rotate in and out of the 11 far-flung Russian cities where games will be held between June 14 and July 15. Russia’s head of World Cup security estimated last week that 105 representatives from 30 countries have confirmed involvement in the cooperation center, a number he expects to grow by opening day.

    At least six British police officers have been sent to the cooperation center, according to Moscow-based BBC journalist Sarah Rainsford.

    Meanwhile, Russia’s 17,000-member police trade union has warned that overstretched police staffing at the tournament could lead to “grave consequences” for overall security. Residents of host cities including Yekaterinburg, where a security fence cut off an apartment block from the main access road, have complained that security measures are disproportionately disruptive.

    The head of World Cup security, Alexei Lavrishchev, said last week that his control center stood ready against threats, but allowed for looser enforcement of small offenses than usual due to the number of foreign fans expected in Russia.

    “We may turn a blind eye to some petty offenses and to the nuances of our legislation,” he said.
    Russia Opens International World Cup Police Center

    Computer hall


    Young policewoman brings golden scissors to Minister Kolokoltsev to cut the ribbon



    Kolokoltsev being given a tour of the facilities

    and speaking on stage later


    Some foreign cops in the audience


    another Russian policewoman takes a photo with a colleague visiting from sunny Nigeria

    lol

    Not sure where this guy is from


    "Policia Federal"? Spanish? Or Mexicans, perhaps?


    Interesting place, this will be. I'm sure the Nigerian cops and the Russians are sharing torture techniques and other forcible interrogation experience lol

    The guys from Europe, on the other hand, would probably be feeling about as out of place as it gets... haha

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    lol Russians are having to be taught to smile at foreigners during the WC...

    Russia wants to melt its reputation as the world’s iciest superpower — by training workers on how to smile at tourists who are visiting for the World Cup, according to reports.

    Employees at companies including FIFA, Russian Railways and Moscow Metro are undergoing classes that instruct them how to flash their pearly whites to make foreigners feel welcome during the major sporting event, according to BBC News.

    The training sessions encourage participants to bust through the Russian belief that “Laughing for no reason is a sign of stupidity,” according to the BBC.

    The classes include “laughter yoga” in which workers practice being lighthearted, friendly and goofy, according to the station.

    It’s simply not part of Russian culture to smile as much as other Europeans, said participants such as Yulia Melamed.

    “It’s strange for a person to walk down the street and smile. It looks alien and suspicious,” Melamed said.

    She was once stopped by a police officer simply for grinning, she said.

    But Russians hope to kick their image as cold and stand-offish — at least temporarily — before the World Cup kicks off on Thursday.

    Roughly 1.5 million foreign tourists are expected to visit Russia during the international event.
    Russia is training World Cup workers how to smile



    It's true, people rarely smile there. I myself recall a story from a dude, a fellow emigrant out here, who went back to Moscow after living here in Canada for many years. Used to the ways here, by then, where people smile at each other to express friendliness, he, in a restaurant there, kept smiling at everyone around him, as he sat there waiting to order, until a waitress asked him, pretty much in these exact terms, "Are you retarded or something?" "Nyet." "Then why are you sitting there, grinning like an idiot?"

    LMFAO

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    Robbie Williams has been accused of selling his soul to the “dictator” Vladimir Putin after it emerged he will be performing in Russia for the football World Cup.

    The singer will headline Thursday’s opening ceremony, which will be attended by the Russian president prior to the tournament’s first game, between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

    Politicians and campaigners criticised the move and urged him to follow the lead of the royal family, as well as government ministers, and refrain from attending the event in protest against Russia’s alleged involvement in the Skripal poisoning.

    The head of the global Magnitsky justice campaign, Bill Browder, a former client of the anti-corruption lawyer who was beaten to death while in police custody in Moscow in 2009, tweeted: “There’s lots of ways to make money Robbie Williams, but selling your soul to a dictator shouldn’t be one of them. Shame on you.”

    “This message is on behalf of Sergei Magnitsky, Boris Nemtsov, Anna Politkovskaya, Natalia Estimirova, victims of MH17, 10,000 dead Ukrainian soldiers.”

    The Labour MP Stephen Doughty said: “It is surprising and disappointing to hear that such a great British artist as Robbie Williams, who has been an ally of human rights campaigns and the LGBT+ community, has apparently agreed to be paid by Russia and Fifa to sing at the World Cup opener.”

    “At a time when Russian jets are bombing civilians in Syria, the Russian state is poisoning people on the streets of Britain, as well as persecuting LGBT+ people in Chechnya and elsewhere – let alone attempting to undermine our democracies – I can only assume Robbie will be speaking out on these issues alongside his performance?”

    John Woodcock MP, who sits on the home affairs committee, also condemned the former Take That member, who will be paid hundreds of thousands of pounds for the brief appearance.

    “We all want to support the England team but Robbie Williams is handing Vladimir Putin a PR coup by performing at the thuggish pariah’s opening ceremony just months after Russia carried out a chemical weapons attack on English soil,” he said.

    “I understand why the national team felt they should go and compete but no patriotic public figure should be giving a thumbs up to Russia by acting in this way. Even at this late stage, I really hope Robbie will reconsider and pull out.”

    In a statement released by Fifa, the world governing body of football, Williams invited football and music fans to “party with us in Russia … for an unforgettable show.

    “I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance. I’ve done a lot in my career, and opening the Fifa World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream.”

    Williams will be accompanied by the Russian soprano Aida Garifullina for the the musical extravaganza. The two-time World Cup winner with Brazil, Ronaldo, will also take part in the ceremony, in an as-yet unspecified role.

    A spokesman for Williams said the celebrity did not wish to offer comment. According to the Sunday Times rich list, Williams is worth £165m.



    This will not be his first Russian performance. Earlier this year, the singer performed at a St Petersburg party to celebrate 25 years of MegaFon, a Russian mobile phone company controlled by Alisher Usmanov, the Uzbek-born Russian billionaire and Arsenal shareholder.

    In 2014, he allegedly performed to a group of Putin’s inner circle at the request of the Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich.

    Vladislav Surkov, who planned Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and is understood to be one of Putin’s closest advisers, was personally invited to the party by Abramovich. Williams was later photographed with Surkov’s wife, Natalya Dubovitskaya.

    Two years later, Williams released Party Like a Russian. In the song, he romanticised capital flight from Russia and sang: “It takes a certain kind of man with a certain reputation to alleviate the cash from a whole entire nation,” and “Subcontract disputes to some brutes in Louboutin … Act highfalutin’ while my boys put the boots in.”
    Robbie Williams 'selling soul to dictator Putin' in World Cup gig

    Browder does not help his credibility, when he talks of some "10,000 Ukrainian soldiers" supposedly killed by Russians. In reality, the 10,000+ death toll figure for Donbass is made up of about 3,000 KIA from Ukrainian military and pro-Kiev militias; about same number of separatists, Russian irregulars, and several hundred, reportedly, regular Russian troops; and the rest - local civilians killed by both sides. Agree with him on most of it otherwise though. Putin's hands are certainly dripping a lot of blood, Russian and foreign...

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    Chief Inspector Joseph Stokoe, head of the British delegation, talking to the media


    Security is definitely no joke at this tournament.

    A SOBR (Russian SWAT) officer stands guard at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo International Airport as Team England arrive and head to their waiting bus


    Putin is taking NO chances here.

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    Is anyone gonna watch the WC? Doesn't interest me. Scotland never qualify and England are crap. Reason being, I would guess the majority of premiership players are foreign, and possibly the ones in the championship. Selection player pool is poor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    Is anyone gonna watch the WC? Doesn't interest me. Scotland never qualify and England are crap. Reason being, I would guess the majority of premiership players are foreign, and possibly the ones in the championship. Selection player pool is poor.
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    I'd say plenty of people will be watching, mate lol

    As far as your team... Whatever troubles they may be having, they are still ions above the home team, unfortunately (for the Russians; fortunately for you, obviously haha) And yet, you don't see them, the Russians, all glum, do you? They know their team sucks. They'll still cheer, for the home team and, after it inevitably gets knocked out, for someone else It is what it is. Just gotta have fun and enjoy it

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    2018 FIFA World Cup™: More than 1.5 million tickets requested

    I'd say plenty of people will be watching, mate lol

    As far as your team... Whatever troubles they may be having, they are still ions above the home team, unfortunately (for the Russians; fortunately for you, obviously haha) And yet, you don't see them, the Russians, all glum, do you? They know their team sucks. They'll still cheer, for the home team and, after it inevitably gets knocked out, for someone else It is what it is. Just gotta have fun and enjoy it
    I meant anyone off the forum.

    The Germans are glummer!! In fact, glummer sounds like a German name!!

    I know Canada will never, but if the USA qualify for Qatar 2022, don't start pinching oil
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    I meant anyone off the forum.

    The Germans are glummer!! In fact, glummer sounds like a German name!!

    I know Canada will never, but if the USA qualify for Qatar 2022, don't start pinching oil
    The Germans have nothing to be glum about. Their team is pretty good, or, has been traditionally. We shall see what happens this time around.

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