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    Preparations for 2018 Football World Cup Still Within Russian Budget

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    The preparations for the 2018 Football World Cup hosted by Russia are still proceeding withing the allocated budget, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Commenting on an issue of financing for the event in light of current economic difficulties in the country, Mutko said:

    "It is hard to predict anything at this point. We are still working within all government measures…The budget is still the same as it was after approval," Mutko told RIA Novosti.

    In December, Mutko said that the 2016 budget for the organizing committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will amount to some 4 billion rubles (about $52 million at the current exchange rate). The total budget for organizing the 2018 FIFA World Cup is 631.5 billion rubles.

    From June 14 to July 15, 2018, Russia will host the FIFA World Cup for the first time in history. The World Cup, the world's preeminent football championship, will take place in 11 Russian cities: Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, St. Petersburg and Volgograd.

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