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    FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia official mascot, the wolf named Zabivaka, center, shakes hands with Vitaly Mutko, deputy premiership in charge of sport, tourism and youth policies, Alexey Sorokin, CEO of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organizing Committee, all back to a camera, during a TV show on Russian Channel 1 in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

    Russia Has No 2018 FIFA World Cup Broadcasting Rights Yet Due to Price Hike

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    Russia has not yet purchased broadcasting rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the country because of overpricing, Deputy Foreign Minister Vitaly Mutko said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15 across nearly a dozen Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Volgograd. According to chief of the Russia 2018 Organizing Committee Alexei Sorokin, over $10 billion is expected to be spent on the first football championship on Russian soil.

    "So far, Russia has not acquired the rights to broadcast the football World Cup, although there is a pool of companies," Mutko told reporters. "The price in our opinion is too high. The rights used to cost $32 million, and now they want to sell them for $100 [million]."

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