World Cup Russia 2018

TheFIFAWorldCup2018inRussiakicksoffinlessthanamonthstime,thequalifiedteamsarebusynamingtheplayerstomakeittothetournament.TheorganisationofWorldCup2018inRussiahasbeensubjecttocontroversy,manypeopleareapprehensiveofitbeinghostedinRussiaandtherearerealfearsofdiscriminationtowardsminorities.

Fare has been working in Russia for a number of years with members based in the country and through a series of monitoring reports on discrimination in football. We have also sought to develop links with civil society, key political institutions and football bodies.

Against the background of a difficult political situation and attacks on civil society in Russia, Fare has supported the work of our existing and new members representing ethnic minorities, LGBT+ and womens groups in Russia.

As part our work we have published annual reports on incidents of discrimination jointly with the Sova Center in Moscow and participated in and organised a number of public conferences and seminars with Russian minority groups and football stakeholders. The reports have shown the Russian authorities move from outright denial to understanding some of the issues the country faces and the appointment of Alexey Smertin as anti-racism inspector.

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