Russia asks its citizens to pay up for the World Cup | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW


These days, Russians’ interest in football outshines everything — including concerns over drastic pension reforms. That’s according to the Levada Center, an independent polling organization in Russia. The enthusiasm is understandable: The Russian national team unexpectedly made it all the way to the tournament’s quarterfinals before exiting with a loss to Croatia on penalties.

Yet, even the departure of the Sbornaya has not dampened the mood of Russian fans. Rather than frustration, Russia has been gripped by a mood of thankfulness for the team, which gave everything it had throughout…



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