Observer writers and Russia experts become behind the revolve to analyse the host commonwealths social and political landscape
Part 1. Racism
‘Young followers interpret the dominance of far-right sings. Anyone who challenges it faces a threat of violence’
It is the most politically accused Football world cup in recent remembrance: Russia, resurgent under Vladimir Putin, is set to host the 32 -team tournament next month amid gossips wandering from athletics doping to sleuth poisonings. Relations between Moscow and London are at their coolest since the cold war and the recent events in Salisbury even led to brief hypothesi( aided by Boris Johnson) that England could hop-skip the tournament, echoing the Olympics boycotts of the 1980 s.
While individual pairs such as the United States and Iran’s face-off in 1998 were political lightning rods in their day, the multitude country has not faced such hot disapproval perhaps since the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, impounded only two years after a right-wing military coup backed by the United States.
Last week Human Rights Watch secreted a 44 -page guide detailing repression and discrimination in Russia, been aimed at hundreds of 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 ,” Hugh Williamson of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.
Russia’s ideals have changed since it was awarded the Football world cup back in 2010. Then, it was better appeared set on wooing the international community by deeming prestige tournaments. Dmitry Medvedev was president and the reset in relations initiated by President Obama was still on track, with the goal of repairing relations after the struggle in Georgia. But even then, long before Salisbury, the campaign in Ukraine, laws against “gay propaganda” and hooligan brutality in Marseilles, prejudiced happens in Russian football were a clear concern.