World Cup - World Cup 2018: View from Russia
FIFA's decision to give Russia the 2018 World Cup ruffled a few feathers, so we caught up with Eurosport Russia journalist Roman Feigin to assess his country's capability to host football's showpiece tournament.
What does hosting the 2018 World Cup mean to the Russian people?
It means first of all that we will be able to see the best players in the world - not just on TV, but with our own eyes. It will also mean the development of football in different parts of our huge country. We will get a lot of new modern stadiums, hotels and so on.
Do you think Russia will do a good job?
We have enough facilities to hold a nice World Cup today. But who knows what will happen in eight years. As you know from history Russia isn't an ordinary country - falling oil prices, political changes can affect it in a negative way.
What worries you about Russia hosting the tournament?
We worry about pervasive corruption, and we worry about a huge stratification of society. Some people are enormously rich and others live in harsh conditions. Some people say that our country doesn't need the World Cup, but it needs economic transformation as our exports are mostly gas, oil and weapons.
Apart from Moscow and St Petersburg, which would be the best city to be based in?
Kazan, or Sochia.
Is much English spoken?
Unfortunately, not so much.
What's the temperature like in the summer?
Usually the summer temperature is about 25-30 degrees Celsius, but this summer was awfully hot!
And, most importantly, what is the price of beer?
The price of beer is about 100-150 rubles (£2-3) in Moscow pubs.