It’s well known at this point that Russia is going through an economic struggle and especially in the world of football and this is evident by the fact that there is an amount of coaches who haven’t been paid including Fabio Capello.
There have been issues involving the Russian Football Union with an increasing debt that has reached the region of $26 million and it was just too much for the RFU to handle as 235 delegates voted in favor of the dismissal of the president Nikolai Tolstykh.
The financial conflicts that Russia is experiencing is starting to affect the country on a higher scale and now reports have begun to emerge which claim that the Russian government is trying to seek ways to host the approaching 2018 World Cup in cheaper ways and one proposal that has risen is to use prisoners to help prepare the worldwide football tournament.
Alexander Khinshtein is a lawmaker and he has received the support of the Russian prison service that would allow the proposal of using prisoners to help with preparations involving the approaching 2018 World Cup. If everything falls through and indeed happens, it would aid in the process of keeping costs for the football tournament down as Russia usually pays its prisoners around $300 per month for labor projects.
Khinshtein told the media: “It’ll help in the sense that there will be the opportunity to acquire building materials for a lower price. And apart from that it’ll make it possible to get prisoners into work, which is very positive.”
Russia is attempting to find alternatives in preparation for the 2018 World Cup as they have a budget which is more than $12 billion but due to the recent corruption scandals and everything else that is going around in FIFA, this budget might be changed.