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| 15 July, 2018

Russia to keep visa-free entry for football fans until end of 2018: Putin

Russian leader expressed hope that fans will take advantage of this opportunity and visit more

Soccer Football - World Cup - Final - France v Croatia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 15, 2018  General view during the trophy lift as France celebrate winning the World Cup  REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov - RC17E48DFB10

Soccer Football - World Cup - Final - France v Croatia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 15, 2018 General view during the trophy lift as France celebrate winning the World Cup REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov - RC17E48DFB10

Maxim Shemetov - RC17E48DFB10

MOSCOW - Russia will provide visa-free entrance to the country for football fans with fan IDs until the end of 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"I think that we will provide visa-free entrance to Russia for foreign fans, who currently have fan IDs, until the end of 2018. This will be a multiple entry visa-free regime," Putin told reporters.

According to Russian news agency Sputnik, the Russian leader expressed hope that fans will take advantage of this opportunity and "come to Russia more than once with friends and members of their families."

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Putin has taken part in the closing ceremony of the championship and the ceremony of awarding the winner.

France beat Croatia 4-2 at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium to lift their second World Cup trophy.

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