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Can Russia stop violence at the World Cup?

Police chiefs from a number of countries have been meeting with officials in Moscow to discuss concerns about security at next year’s World Cup.

The tournament will be held in 11 cities across the country and, despite reassurances from Russia’s sports minister that football hooligans will be kept away from games, security experts believe there could be a repeat of clashes seen between Russian ‘Ultras’ and others last seen during Euro 2016 in France.

A BBC documentary shown recently, ‘Russia’s Hooligan Army’, featured interviews with people who claimed to be preparing for organised confrontations with supporters during the event - largely away from football grounds.

Russia has brought in new laws to jail and impose bans on those causing unrest with heavy security planned around stadia. However, there are fears that violence could be sparked in areas away from the sporting action. The last time Russia held a major sporting event it was located in one city. Concerns have been expressed about the authorities ability to control any organised violence in all 11 cities where the World Cup is taking place.

As international experts in security and protection, Conflict International constantly monitors the latest situation – both in the lead up to and during the World Cup. We successfully offered travel risk management advice to clients who visited Brazil in 2014 and the Euros in France with a bespoke service based on individual requirements.

Services can include airport meet and greet, armoured vehicles, close protection and up to the minute security advice. Our team is fully aware of local information, risk hazards and awareness support is available 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of you and your clients when visiting Russia. Find out more about our travel risk management services here.

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