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Russia: World Cup venues should provide lasting sporting legacy – Putin02:52

Russia: World Cup venues should provide lasting sporting legacy – Putin

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 7, 2018 at 11:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope that the new stadiums and infrastructure built for the FIFA World Cup 2018 will also be used after the tournament, speaking during his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A in Moscow on Thursday.“It is necessary that all this infrastructure is operating and, in the first place, for the development of sports, mass sports, children's sports,” the Russian leader said.Addressing the local regional leaders, Putin said: “Not on any account we should allow that there are suddenly some markets on these sites appearing that arose at the sports facilities of Moscow in the mid-1990s.”He also hoped the Russian national team would 'fire up, as they say, and show their best qualities' at the upcoming World Cup. During the session, people across Russia have the opportunity to contact President Putin via telephone, text message or the dedicated website.This year's phone-in line is being held in an updated format.The event-hosting multimedia studio is equipped with video walls along the perimeter that enables Putin to immediately get in contact with regional governors and the cabinet ministers in order to address issues straight away.Another feature of the ongoing session is the absence of a studio audience. Thus, allowing the Russian leader to focus on questions and requests filed by Russian citizens.So far some 2 million questions have been submitted for Putin's Direct Line 2018 Q&A. The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received around 400,000 questions.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope that the new stadiums and infrastructure built for the FIFA World Cup 2018 will also be used after the tournament, speaking during his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A in Moscow on Thursday.“It is necessary that all this infrastructure is operating and, in the first place, for the development of sports, mass sports, children's sports,” the Russian leader said.Addressing the local regional leaders, Putin said: “Not on any account we should allow that there are suddenly some markets on these sites appearing that arose at the sports facilities of Moscow in the mid-1990s.”He also hoped the Russian national team would 'fire up, as they say, and show their best qualities' at the upcoming World Cup. During the session, people across Russia have the opportunity to contact President Putin via telephone, text message or the dedicated website.This year's phone-in line is being held in an updated format.The event-hosting multimedia studio is equipped with video walls along the perimeter that enables Putin to immediately get in contact with regional governors and the cabinet ministers in order to address issues straight away.Another feature of the ongoing session is the absence of a studio audience. Thus, allowing the Russian leader to focus on questions and requests filed by Russian citizens.So far some 2 million questions have been submitted for Putin's Direct Line 2018 Q&A. The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received around 400,000 questions.

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