Observer writers and Russia experts croak behind the twirl to analyse the host commonwealths social and political landscape
Part 1. Racism
‘Young devotees see the dominance of far-right chants. Anyone who challenges it faces a threat of violence’
It is the most politically accused 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 bounce the tournament, echoing the Olympics boycotts of the 1980 s.
While individual pairs such as the United Commonwealth and Iran’s face-off in 1998 were political lightning rods in their period, the multitude country had not been able to faced such hot disapproval perhaps since the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, regarded just two years after a right-wing armed coup 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 reporters 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 plans ,” 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 still seemed set on wooing the international community by impounding cachet tournaments. Dmitry Medvedev was president and the reset in relations initiated by President Obama was still on track, with the goal of restoring relations after the battle in Georgia. But even then, long before Salisbury, the campaign in Ukraine, statutes against” gay publicity” and hooligan violence in Marseilles, prejudiced happens in Russian football were a clear concern.