"A year ago we got positive experience supporting journalists who hadn't received official accreditation for the 2017 Confederations Cup. Several hundreds of journalists used our press center… We open a similar press center again for the World Cup and invite journalists to take advantage of the opportunities it provides," Sobyanin said at the opening of the center.
The mayor added that the Moscow press center was sure to be in demand among journalists.
"The most important [thing] is to smile, be kind and, of course, do everything to help first of all foreigners find their bearings in our city and the events that take place [here]," Sobyanin said.
According to the mayor's press service, more than 5,500 journalists from Russian and foreign media outlets have submitted their applications.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities — Moscow, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Yekaterinburg.