World Cup exit strips Putin of cover for pension reforms

FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) poses for a picture with (L-R) former player of team Germany Lothar Matthaeus, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, First Vice President of the Russian Football Union Nikita Simonyan, former player of team Denmark Peter Schmeichel and former player of team Mexico Jorge Campos during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia July 6, 2018. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s elimination from the soccer World Cup on Saturday poses a challenge for the Kremlin: How to manage public anger over reforms that will hit voters’ pockets without the distraction of national sporting success. After months of delaying a change it knew was liable to anger voters, the government said it was […]

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