World Cup 2018

On Thursday, June 14, the 2018 World Cup kicked off in Russia. One month and 64 matches later, football had its new champions. But this tournament went far beyond sport. It took place at a time when Russia was seen by many as a pariah state, intent on disrupting democracy in the West. At the heart of it all was President Vladimir Putin. What did he want from this World Cup? And what should the West think about Russia?

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