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Over 560 hotels in Russia found to inflate prices ahead of 2018 World Cup

April 12, 8:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russia’s consumer rights watchdog has inspected more than 12,000 hotels to find some 1,500 administrative violations

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MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. Russia’s consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor reported on Thursday that as many as 561 cases of hotel accommodation overpricing had been registered across the country in cities selected to host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"A total of 561 cases of hotel accommodation overpricing have been exposed (22 such cases during the week). As many as 113 hotels have been found to have no classification certificates," the Russian Federal Agency for Consumer Rights Protection (Rospotrebnadzor) said in a press statement.

The agency said it had inspected more than 12,000 hotels to find some 1,500 administrative violations. Fines to a total sum of six million rubles (96,060 US dollars) have been imposed and 187 warnings have been issued.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 63 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.

Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia.

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