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Ded Moroz promises to shave his beard if Russia wins 2018 World Cup

November 21, 2016, 18:47 UTC+3

The FIFA World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15 in 11 Russian cities

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NOVOSIBIRSK, November 21. /TASS/. All-Russian Ded Moroz (of Father Frost) has promised to shave his beard if Russia wins the FIFA 2018 World Cup. He made this promise at a press conference held at the TASS press center in Novosibirsk.

“I often get letters saying, Dedushka Moroz, we would like to see without your beard. So, my friends, I promise you that if Russia’s team wins the FIFA 2018 World Cup, I will shave my beard,” he said.

At the same time Ded Moroz said that although he was a passionate football fan, he would not use his magic powers in order to help Russian players because that would be unfair.

Ded Moroz also said that if some people did not want to see him beardless, they did not have to worry as the beard would grow again by winter.

The official residence of Ded Moroz is located in the city of Veliky Ustyug (Vologda region). It has been established 20 years ago, the annual tourist inflow to the residence has grown from 3,000 to 200,000 during this period.

The FIFA World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15 in 11 Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.

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