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Friday 2 December 2016

Russia plans to use prison labour to keep down costs

In 2010, FIFA selected Qatar, one of the hottest countries on earth, to host World Cup 2022 where daytime temperatures of 106 degrees forced a switch to a first winter tournament, with a knock-on scheduling impact on most of the world's major domestic leagues.

Overshadowing this controversy has been the estimated deaths of a thousand migrant workers who are working in inhumane and unsafe conditions to build the stadiums and infrastructure necessary to host a World Cup event that's been tarnished by allegations of bribery. Now, in Russia, which hosts the 2018 World Cup tournament, a drop in the local currency has officials planning to put prisoners to work in an attempt to keep costs down.

The plan is for prisoners to work in factories manufacturing the building materials required, a move that's described as "very positive" by Alexander Khinshtein, of the United Russia Party, who is working with the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) on the proposals.

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