Russia’s hotels fined ahead of FIFA World Cup

Moscow hotels have been fined for putting up prices ahead of this year’s FIFA World Cup.

New agency TASS reported that Russia’s consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor fined hotels around six million rubles ($105,569) for the overpricing.

According to the news agency, the Moscow branch of the watchdog carried out 127 checks when preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The checks revealed 198 legal bodies and 181 office holders were brought to account for violation of the consumer protection law and the health requirements.

Hotel prices are regulated by the government in Russia. Bumping up prices leads to fines. Maximum tariffs start operating a month before the World Cup.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off  on June 14 and will run until July 15.

Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Sochi will all host events.

It will be the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany with all but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia.

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