Last Saturday eleven Russian cities were selected to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018. Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Volgograd and Saransk are on the list of these cities. The media reported that this tournament may break a record for the expenses spent for the preparations to it, as at least 600 billion roubles will be invested in the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
The Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily reported that in the course of the past year the special committee had evaluated the potential of 13 cities claimed to host the FIFA World Cup matches on the following criteria: the provision with the relevant infrastructure, socio-economic development of the region, an investment program for the run-up to the competition and the efficient use of the heritage of the World Cups. The compliance with a concept, which was taken as a basis for a World Cup in Russia, rather than the foresaid requirements, turned out to be a decisive factor.
The Komsomolskaya Pravda daily quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying in an interview with Channel One, “This is a very good reason to attract a large number of young people in sports. This is to encourage them to go in for sports, discourage them from alcohol drinking and smoking. Recently we pay a closer attention to the sport programs and this is grounded, as I refer to our demographic programs...”
The Kommersant daily noted that the FIFA World Cup in Russia has all the chances to break a record of the expenses for holding the competition. According to Vitaly Mutko, the run-up to the World Cup will cost a total of 600 billion roubles (over 19 billion dollars). A half of these investments will be private, and another half of them will be made by the state authorities with two thirds of which allocated from the federal budget and the rest of the sum from Russian constituent territories. Just for comparison, a next World Cup in Brazil, which still breaks the record for its expenses, will cost 11.2 billion dollars. However, no one will be surprised that the figure, which Vitaly Mutko made public, will grow. At least the example of the Sochi Olympics shows that no matter what forecasts members of the government give to this effect they can hardly be considered final.