What They're Saying: Russian political scientist Mikhail Zakharov

"Putin has massively backed Chechnya both financially and politically. This is a show of faith towards [Chechen leader Ramzan] Kadyrov that a match of this importance is being allowed to take place here."

-- Russian political scientist Mikhail Zakharov on Russian President Vladimir Putin allowing Russia to stage Tuesday's friendly against Romania in Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic, considered too much of a security risk to host games in the 2018 World Cup. (Reuters)
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