World Cup 2018

It has been called “a military parade, but more fun and with a bigger audience”. On Thursday, June 14, the 2018 World Cup will kick off in Russia. One month and 64 matches later, football will have its new champions. But this tournament goes far beyond sport. It takes place at a time when Russia is seen by many as a pariah state, intent on disrupting democracy in the West. At the heart of it all is President Vladimir Putin. What does he want from this World Cup? And what should the West think about Russia?

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