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World Cup City Guide: Volgograd

"There is only one road, that road leads forward. Stalingrad will be saved by you, or be wiped out with you..." - Josef Stalin Many cities were marked indelibly by the Second World War, but...

World Cup City Guide: Rostov on Don

Dubbed the "capital of the Russian south", Rostov’s architectural story is similar to many Russian cities, in which the Wehrmacht finished off what the Bolsheviks started. The atheist fervour of the communists saw to...

World Cup City Guide: Kaliningrad

“I urge everyone to be hospitable, kind, not to beat anyone; if you know the English language, help the tourists.” Kaliningrad Mayor Aleksandr Yaroshuk, speaking to radio station KP-Kaliningrad. Location, location, location Kaliningrad is the only one...

World Cup City Guide: Kazan

Kazan is a melting pot of culture, religion and history. Over 1000 years old, Kazan has survived sieges and occupations over the ages, notably by Genghis Khan and Ivan the Terrible. Today it is...

World Cup City Guide: Nizhny Novgorod

Jericho journalist Alex Marrow travelled to Nizhny Novgorod in the build up to the tournament, asking how the city was gearing up to welcome England here on June 24: Nizhny Novgorod stands at the convergence of...

World Cup City Guide: Samara

Samara’s World Cup project is ambitious. Construction is everywhere, from new hotels and roads to the 45,000-seater stadium. But for a city that played a key role in the Soviet space race, supplying vast...

World Cup City Guide: Sochi

Optimistically known as the ‘Russian Riviera’, Sochi has undergone a transformation in recent years from a spa town on the shores of the Black Sea to a built up holiday resort. For many years, Sochi...

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