Observer writers and Russia experts become behind the twirl to analyse the host societies social and political landscape
Part 1. Racism
‘Young love verify the dominance of far-right chants. 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 wandering from sports drugging to snoop 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 parallels such as the United District and Iran’s face-off in 1998 were political lightning rods in their season, the emcee nation has not faced such scorching review perhaps since the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, held merely two years after a right-wing armed coup backed by the United States.
Last week Human Rights Watch secreted 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 leverage 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 back in 2010. Then, it was better showed set on wooing the international community by accommodating prestige tournaments. Dmitry Medvedev was president and the reset in relations initiated by President Obama was still on track, with the targets of restoring relations after the struggle in Georgia. But even then, long before Salisbury, the battle in Ukraine, rules against” homosexual publicity” and hooligan violence in Marseilles, racist happens in Russian football were a clear concern.