The World Cup is an event that brings together millions of people across the planet, and a lot of kudos to its hosts.
But in 2018 the tournament is in Russia, a country with extremely serious problems.
Russian leaders, including Putin and Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov, have been basking in the publicity and burnishing their image.
Photos of soccer heroes standing next to Russia’s elite are a clear symbol of how the sporting event is being turned to political ends.
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