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Eighty percent of Russia’s population to be involved in 2018 World Cup — sports minister

July 09, 2015, 8:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The 2018 World Cup matches will take place from June 14 to July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities
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MOSCOW, July 8 /TASS/. Eighty percent of Russia’s population will be involved in the 2018 World Cup, Russian Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko told journalists on Wednesday.

"We are going to involve our eastern cities of Vladivostok, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk and Kemerovo. Fan and hospitality zones will be set up there," Mutko said.

Russia should be thanked for taking responsibility to host the 2018 World Cup, Mutko told a news conference in Moscow.

"It’s a great work aimed at developing sport and infrastructure on the whole," Mutko stressed.

The 2018 World Cup matches will take place from June 14 to July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.

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