14 Jun 2018

World Cup kicks off with LGBT rights activist’s arrest and jailed opposition leader’s release

Chief Correspondent

A massive game of political football kicked off today. The Russian World Cup has been criticised for being a showpiece for the Putin Presidency. And as if to illustrate that perfectly, his main opponent was released from jail just hours before the Russian national team convincingly won the first game of the month-long tournament.

Our chief correspondent Alex Thomson has been watching the action in Moscow.