The FC Maxima soccer club in St. Petersburg welcomes migrants from around the world to the squad. Many, like Rustam Mustafakulov from Uzbekistan, endure hardships in integrating into a foreign country. But a love of soccer unites the team members.
Tens of thousands of Russians have been protesting against a government pension reform proposal that includes raising the retirement age for both men and women. DW's Miodrag Soric reports from Moscow.
Around 2 million foreign fans have come to the Russian capital for the World Cup. DW correspondent Yulia Vishnevetskaya shares her experience of renting out her central Moscow apartment.
Should world leaders go to the football World Cup in Russia? This has become a tricky question for politicians in several countries. Unusually, Germany's famous fan Angela Merkel has not yet said whether she will attend.
Racist and xenophobic sentiments are widespread in Russian football, but a small group of fans are hoping to change that. The World Cup could provide a good opportunity to transform the country's supporter culture.
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