Russia Lurching Ahead With Most Expensive World Cup In History Despite Corruption Probe
The French Revolution occurred in part because France went bankrupt helping us free ourselves from the British in the 1780s. Will a similar fate befall Russia, due to the Winter Olympics and the World Cup? Stay tuned.
Russia will have spent nearly $64 billion to play host to both events when all is said and done -- an estimated $12 billion of that on the 2018 World Cup. A lot of that money has already been spent, so as you can see, if FIFA decides to pull the Cup from Russia in the wake of the corruption scandal, you're going to have a lot of cranky former Bolsheviks. Business Insider:
With 12 stadiums across 11 host cities – Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, and Ekaterinbur — Russia has had to build several new venues from scratch and renovate many others.
So how are those stadiums progressing?
Work begins on the ambitious Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Russia, with the 2018 World Cup final exactly three years… http://t.co/JyEaEaqXdT
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Some stadiums are being renovated, but others, such as Nizhny Novgorod, are being built from scratch, and at present are just flat concrete foundations.
Meanwhile, at the Volograd site, they're digging up former World War II soldiers. Russia Insider:
A bunker with the remains of Soviet soldiers killed in World War II has been found in Volgograd - formerly Stalingrad - during construction of a stadium to host matches of the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
In June, the Russian government ordered cuts in World Cup spending, slashing $560 million from the budget. That could be an indication that they're nervous about losing hosting rights since Sepp Blatter stepped down -- who knows what the new FIFA president will do in regards to 2018? Especially since new corruption reports and allegations are appearing on a regular basis?
Meanwhile, Russia is trying to cut down a field of very WTF candidates for its official World Cup mascot, which at this point includes a three-headed dragon and a cosmonaut.
— Soccer Gods (@soccergods) July 3, 2015