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Will the World Cup bring much-needed change to Russia?

It is widely assumed that Fifa did itself no favours by granting Russia’s bid to host the World Cup. The more interesting question, though, is whether it has done Russia a favour. Might the tournament prove a catalyst for much-needed change?

Change is needed not only because of the decrepit condition of Russia’s infrastructure, but because of the cause of this decrepitude: the model of “civilised relations between business and the state.” Today it is normal practice for contractors to…

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