Support for Russia Slipping Among Football Fans in Central Asia, Caucasus

Members of the Russian national team at practice on June 25, the day before a crucial World Cup Group H match against Algeria. (Photo: Russian Football Federation)

On June 26, Russia plays Algeria in a World Cup Group H match that should determine which of the two teams moves on from group play to the round of 16. Beyond Russia’s borders, in other formerly Soviet states, there are plenty of football fans cheering for the Russian national team to win.

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Reports were contributed by Paul Bartlett, Asel Kalybekova, Emil Danielyan, Shahin Abbasov, and Giorgi Lomsadze.

Support for Russia Slipping Among Football Fans in Central Asia, Caucasus

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