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Special Report | Russia: Extensive Security Operation to Mitigate FIFA World Cup Threats
Strategic Outlook | Russia: Tensions with West Unlikely to Prompt Wider Threat to Operations

Special Report | Russia: Extensive Security Operation to Mitigate FIFA World Cup Threats

May 4, 2018

Visitors attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ soccer tournament, which is slated to take place in Russia June 14-July 15, will face latent threats from criminal violence related to sports fan hooliganism and Islamist-inspired terrorism, but robust security measures at event venues, transportation hubs, and other strategic assets are likely to prevent a major incident. A strong security force presence will also likely deter petty criminals, as well as large demonstrations by opposition, civil rights, and labor activist groups. The high numbers of tourists and spectators are expected to lead to an increased threat from petty crime, politically motivated harassment, and terrorism; however, security-related disruptions are likely to be the key impact on foreign visitors up to and during the tournament.

                               "Russian security forces have previously demonstrated their ability to mitigate threats
                                to large-scale sporting events and safeguard attendees. Security measures, including
                                heavy surveillance, will be extremely robust throughout the tournament."

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Strategic Outlook | Russia: Tensions with West Unlikely to Prompt Wider Threat to Operations

May 2, 2018

Recent disagreements over a variety of issues have driven tensions between Western countries and Russia to their highest point in several decades, though will likely continue to be limited largely to symbolic sanctions. While the West has so far displayed a unified resolve in confronting Moscow unprecedented since the breakup of the Soviet Union, neither side wants the dispute to escalate further. Significant, widespread impact on economic relations and business travel between Russia and the West is unlikely in the medium term, but recent developments do suggest the existence of a new Cold War, in which tensions will periodically flare, leading to apprehension among individuals and entities operating in Russia.

                                "Tensions between Western-aligned nations and Russia will remain high for the
                                 foreseeable future, though there is unlikely to be a large political appetite for
                                 intensifying the current  diplomatic spat in the coming months."

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