Observer writers and Russia experts proceed behind the twirl to analyse the host people social and political landscape
Part 1. Racism
‘Young love determine the dominance of far-right chorus. Anyone who challenges it faces a threat of violence’
It is the most politically billed World Cup in recent memory: Russia, resurgent under Vladimir Putin, is set to host the 32 -team tournament next month amid gossips arraying from plays drugging to spy poisonings. Relations between Moscow and London are at their coolest since the cold war and the recent events in Salisbury even led to brief speculation( aided by Boris Johnson) that England could hop-skip the tournament, remembering the Olympics boycotts of the 1980 s.
While individual accords such as the United States and Iran’s face-off in 1998 were political lightning rods in their hour, the host country have not been able to faced such hot disapproval perhaps since the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, hampered just two years after a right-wing armed takeover backed by the United States.
Last week Human Rights Watch exhausted a 44 -page guide detailing repression and discrimination in Russia, targeted at the thousands of columnists expected to arrive in the country for the tournament.
” Fifa still has time to show that it is ready to use its leveraging with the Russian government to fulfil its own human rights programs ,” Hugh Williamson of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.
Russia’s ideals have changed since it was awarded the World cup finals back in 2010. Then, it was better seemed set on wooing the international community by holding prominence tournaments. Dmitry Medvedev was president and the reset in relations initiated by President Obama was still on track, with the aim of restoring relations after the war in Georgia. But even then, long before Salisbury, the battle in Ukraine, rules against” gay publicity” and hooligan savagery in Marseilles, racist occurrences in Russian football were a clear concern.