RUSSIA — With the 2018 FIFA World Cup coming in Russia, security measures are going to be tightened.
Officials predict fights between rival fans and police are more likely to take place in the host cities, meaning there will be an elevated likelihood of injuries and collateral damage done to property.
Visitors of non-white racial backgrounds are likely to become targets of individual attacks by football fans or radical groups.
With limited legal assistance, minor crimes like pickpocketing, theft and robberies will likely be underreported by Russian authorities.
There is also heightened risk of cyberattacks with the intent of breaching the information security of corporate visitors.
Despite the security concerns and the recent death of a Spanish police officer when hooligans rioted before Spartak Moscow's Europa League match at Athletic Bilbao, FIFA said it has "complete trust" in the security arrangements for the 2018 World Cup.