Further to various state guarantees by Russia to FIFA in
relation to securing the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup, the Russian
State Duma on 7 June 2013 adopted special legislation for the
preparation and staging the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup and the
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia (the
The Law defines the legal status and authority of the
"Russia-2018? Organisational Committee ("Committee")
as established by the Russian Federation and the Russian National
Football Team in accordance with Russian legislation on preparing
for and staging the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup and 2017 FIFA
Confederations Cup (the "Events"). The Law also
determines the legal status and the authority of the various
regional organisational committees in the 15 city's/regions
which will host the Events.
Addressing one of the key inhibitors of Russian travel and
tourism, the Law grants visa-free entry to Russia for up to five
months prior to the Events for players, trainers and other
individuals named on a FIFA prepared accreditation list. Further,
no local police registration at place of stay will be required for
such individuals. Also, foreign workers involved in the
organisation, preparation and holding of the Events will not have
to obtain Russian work permits during the Events period. Foreign
fans travelling to Russia to attend the Events will also not
require visas. Also, football fans with match tickets will receive
free travel on public transport ( including inner city trains)
between host cities.
The Law sets out strict security and safety regulations for the
period of preparing for and staging the Events, including the
establishment of traffic and air-traffic restrictions, the creation
of controlled zones, a ban on public events not connected with the
Events and the suspension of the manufacture of dangerous
The Law also permits the unlimited import and export of foreign
currency to/from the Russian Federation and unlimited currency
exchange and conversion for employees and official bodies of FIFA
and their subsidiaries.
The Law further addresses the intellectual property rights of
FIFA, including the right to use the Events symbols and goods, to
distribute match tickets, to select producers of sport equipment
and Events merchandise. It further establishes limitations on
advertising such that , during the Events period, advertising may
only be carried out by officially designated partners of FIFA and
general rules on exclusive advertising zones and ambush marketing
rules are established.
Under the Law, FIFA, its subsidiaries and designated agents, the
Russian National Football Team, the Committee, various FIFA
national football confederations and associations, those
individuals included on FIFA accredited lists, and Events
volunteers and participants are indemnified against any 3rd party
claims and losses resulting from the Russian Government failing to
deliver on its guaranty's to FIFA to adequately prepare for and
stage the Events.
The Law also regulates issues regarding the construction and
renovation of stadiums for FIFA matches and other real estate
issues, including simplifying the land use and construction
permitting processes for Events facilities to be constructed or
Also, like the Olympics Law for Sochi 2014, the Law establishes
maximum prices for hotel accommodation which may be charged during
the Events period.
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