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Up to 540 hotels in Russia fined for inflating prices ahead of 2018 World Cup — watchdog

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

MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. Russia’s consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor reported on Friday that up to 540 cases of inflating hotel accommodation prices had been registered across the country in cities selected to host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Russian Federal Agency for Consumer Rights Protection (Rospotrebnadzor) said in its statement on Friday that a total of 11,388 places of accommodation for guests and spectators of the world football championship had been inspected and 4.7% of the inspected hotels inflated prices.

"A total number of 539 violations of hiking up accommodation prices were registered, while 110 cases were also reported in regard to hotels without the necessary certificates of compliance," the statement from the agency said.

"As a result of the discovered violations, Rospotrebnadzor imposed numerous penalties to the total sum of some 4.4 million rubles (about $76,000)," the statement added.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 68 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.