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The World Cup: Putin's Political Panacea

Linas Jegelevicius
Board of Contributors
Jul 14, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) watches the opening game of the 2018 World Cup next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino (L), who has praised him for the turnout at the tournament.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) watches the opening game of the 2018 World Cup next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino (L), who has praised him for the turnout at the tournament.

(Pool/Getty Images)

The World Cup has turned attention in Russia and abroad away from the country's political and economic problems. Once the soccer frenzy dies, though, Russian President Vladimir Putin will have to face the music....

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