By invading Ukraine in 2014 and intervening in the Middle East on Syria’s behalf, Moscow could not be farther away from the high-minded principles of international sporting organisations. Illustration: Craig Stephens
Michał Romanowski
Opinion

Opinion

Michał Romanowski

Putin rides Fifa World Cup to achieve his diplomatic goals but political questions need tackling off the pitch

Michał Romanowski says Russia, in its efforts at sporting diplomacy, must address criticism related to corruption, international affairs and human rights

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By invading Ukraine in 2014 and intervening in the Middle East on Syria’s behalf, Moscow could not be farther away from the high-minded principles of international sporting organisations. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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