Russia opens information centre at its tourist office in London

Published on : Wednesday, August 16, 2017

indexRussia has opened an information centre at its tourist office in London for calming fears of England fans about hooligans at next year’s World Cup.


There have been concerns of a repeat at the tournament of the sickening violence that saw more than 100 Three Lions supporters injured before and after the countries’ European Championship clash last summer. A BBC documentary revealed how the same vicious Russian gangs were planning such a showdown at the World Cup, which their nation is hosting for the first time.


The information centre at Visit Russia’s London office will be officially launched on September 1. However, Alexei Cherepanov, a deputy chief said that it is already working in a test mode.


Cherepanov said that the most frequently-asked questions had been about special identity cards that can be used as visa to enter the country and are needed to access stadiums.


He added: “After the tournament’s finals drawing on December 6, it will be announced where England squad will play and we will be able to recommend fans optimal route options. Say, we can hint how to save money on hotels – just to buy a ticket for a night train. We are establishing contacts with all British sports organisations working with fans and offer our assistance in information backing. Apart from that, we provide people with regular information about Russia, its habits and ways and strongly advise them to always have documents on them. I hope, as the tournament approaches, we will know which restaurants and sports bars will broadcast the matches to make it possible for those who don’t have tickets to watch them.”


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