Russia Offers Food Deal to Finish World Cup Stadium

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Russia is employing Soviet-era tactics in hopes of completing its World Cup facilities in time for the first matches, which start June 14 and run through July 15. 

Reuters reported that officials in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region tried to entice local municipal workers to help them finish their stadium in exchange for food and lodging. The stadium, one of 12 throughout Russia, will host six matches during the competition.

The appeal by the Nizhny Novgrod’s sport ministry is similar to tactics used by authorities in the U.S.S.R who would sometimes draft students to help harvest bumper crops.

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