Defiant Russia welcomes boycott-free World Cup

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Defiant Russia welcomes boycott-free World Cup
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Russia welcomed the world to the World Cup on Thursday as cheerful fans streamed into Moscow and 10 other cities and President Vladimir Putin’s government derided Western efforts to isolate him.

While Western countries chose not to send senior representatives to the opening ceremony, there are no sporting boycotts like the one that marred the 1980 Moscow Olympics, or doping bans of the kind that excluded many Russians from the last two Olympic Games.

“Attempts at a boycott were doomed from the start,” Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, a close Putin...


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Defiant Russia welcomes boycott-free World Cup


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