Russia: Discrimination

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th June 2017.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on plans to combat anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination at the 2018 World Cup in that country.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

We want UK fans to be able to enjoy a safe and secure visit to Russia for the World Cup next year. As part of the Be on the Ball campaign, the FCO has published specific travel advice for the World Cup (www.gov.uk/russia2018).

Regular meetings take place between UK officials and the Russian authorities to discuss preparations for major sporting events. For example, a UK delegation attended the Confederations Cup this month.

We also regularly raise our concerns with the Russian authorities on their human rights record.

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