Russia’s new soccer hooligans take to the woods to fight each other

 

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Sam Borden | ESPN
June 2018 | 20-minute read


Will there be trouble during the World Cup? Russian officials have repeatedly said they don’t expect any issues. But no one can say for sure, including the hooligans themselves. “It won’t happen in Russia because our police services work a lot better” than in France, says Vlad, who is a friend of Vova’s and also a member of the Legion. Vlad seems fairly certain about this too. Except then Vlad reconsiders and says, “Maybe some small conflicts will occur.” And a few moments later, he reconsiders again and says, “Small conflicts are bound to occur but not because Russians will provoke them.”


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