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Five obscure Russian laws England fans at World Cup need to be aware of - or face big punishments

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 13/06/2018 12:31:31 James Rodger

England have arrived safely in St Petersburg.

Manager Gareth Southgate was pictured on his way down the steps from the plane, on a tweet sent from the team's official account.

He was wearing an official team tracksuit and carrying hand luggage, with the tweet captioned: "Touchdown. #threelions"

Southgate is eager to get England's World Cup bandwagon rolling.

The Three Lions left for Russia on Tuesday ahead of next Monday's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd.

"We're pleased with how preparation has gone up until now. We fly out tomorrow so it'll be good to get on with on with it now," Southgate said.

"Everybody is looking forward to getting to the first game."

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: A young England fan at the Etihad Stadium © Trinity Mirror Shared Services LimitedA young England fan at the Etihad Stadium

Russia is a fascinating and friendly country.

However, they do things differently there, and every fan should arrive with some legal and cultural awareness.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, national lead for football policing, says: "We wouldn't expect people to come across to this country, get drunk and drape flags on the Cenotaph so we need to extend the same courtesy when we go abroad and treat places with due reverence."

WhatsApp posting

No more anonymous messaging.

Users of online messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram are now required to identify themselves by their local cell phone number.

Swearing

As of July 2014, a law came into force that bans the use of profanity in theaters, film and other cultural events.

Offenders will face fines.

England World Cup squad at Birmingham Airport as they depart for Russia

Anti-gay law

In June 2013, Russia enacted an anti-gay law.

Worryingly for homosexual fans, the aim of the law is to prevent distribution of "non-traditional sexual relationships" ideas among minors.

The British Foreign Office warns visitors to Russia: "Public attitudes towards LGBT+ issues are less tolerant than in the UK, and can vary depending on location.

"Public displays of affection may attract negative attention.

"The republics of the North Caucasus are particularly intolerant to LGBT+ issues.

"Since April 2016, reports continue to be received of state persecution of the LGBT+ community in Chechnya.

"In 2018 Russia was ranked 45th out of 49 European countries for LGBT+ rights by ILGA-Europe.

"There are no laws that exist to protect LGBT+ people from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and/or gender identity."

Dirty car

It is illegal to drive a dirty car in the city of Chelyabinsk.

If you do, you face fines of 2000 rubles.

Live: Follow the England squad's flight to Saint Petersburg for the World Cup 2018

Lace underwear

Bizarrely, the sale, importing and production of underwear made from lace is outlawed.

Apparently, female underwear made with lace does not comply with technical requirements adopted in Russia.

13. kesäkuuta 2018 15:31:31 Categories: Birmingham Mail

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