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Over 590 hotels in Russia fined for inflating prices ahead of 2018 World Cup — watchdog

April 20, 14:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15

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MOSCOW, April 20. /TASS/. Russia’s consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor reported on Friday that a total of 591 cases of inflating hotel accommodation prices had been registered across the country in host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Russian Federal Agency for Consumer Rights Protection (Rospotrebnadzor) said in its statement that as the result of the discovered violations, the agency imposed numerous penalties to the total sum of almost six million rubles (about $97,800).

"A total number of 591 violations of hiking up accommodation prices were registered, while 135 cases were also reported in regard to hotels having no necessary certificates of compliance," the statement from the agency said.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 55 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. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.

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