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Swiss football fans remain in Russia after World Cup

National News // By Tay Kinnear // Jan. 14, 2019

It’s thought there could be as many as 81 Swiss football fans who have not returned from Russia after the World Cup.

Pixabay Swiss football fans remain in Russia after World Cup

Normally, Russia has very strict visa requirements for travel, but that was eased for the tournament, and thousands of Swiss fans took advantage to watch the football.

The Russian embassy in Bern is in contact with the foreign affairs department about the situation.

The special football visa expired at the end of last year – anyone on the permit still in Russia is now illegal and could face criminal charges.

But Russian authorities refuse to hand over a list of names they say they have of those in the country, citing data protection laws.

 

 

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