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Russia gears up to host the World Cup next year, so citizens have to be friendly toward foreign fans who will be in town for the world’s most important sporting event.
According to Russian news agency Interfax, on radio station, KP-Kaliningrad, , the head of Kaliningrad, Aleksandr Yaroshuk, stated, “I urge everyone to be hospitable, kind, not to beat anyone, if you know the English language, help the tourists,”
“Seventy thousand to 100,000 tourists will come to the city, and of course, everyone will not get to the stadium,” Yaroshuk said. “The city will be crowded, traffic will be greatly hampered. It will be practically forbidden, except shuttles, which will carry fans.”
Therefore he suggested residents leave the city for a few days as the matches take place. Adding, “Tensions may run high between visitors and locals”.
From Jun 14 to July 15, 2018, the city of Volgograd will prohibit any picketing or rallies with more than 150 people during the time of the tournament.
Not only they have to challenge the altercation between soccer fans and residents, but also they have to deal with the most recent threat from ISIS pledging to attack the World Cup.
ISIS posted an image of a jihadi carrying a rifle and a bomb that bears the Islamic State flag. The picture also carries the tournament’s logo and an image of the Volgograd Arena.
According to the Daily Mail, this gang (ISIS) caused an attack before to one of the World Cup’s 11 host cities, St Petersburg
“a briefcase bomb exploded on a train that killed 14 people and injured 51 others on April 3. This was a retaliation to Russia’s airstrikes in Syria at the time”, according to the Daily Mail mentioning an attack caused by this gang (ISIS) to one of the World Cup’s 11 host cities.
In preparation for the FIFA competition, Russia has established strict security measures.
In particular, an executive decree allows foreigners to go through migration registration within one day of arrival to the country, and it restricts traffic and aircraft movements according to law firm Baker Mackenzie.
For the first time, soccer stars such as Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Leo Messi will come to the former Soviet Union since its creation in 1930.
Source: News Week