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'This is how Russia could look': World Cup fans surprised by relaxed policing

Visitors expecting police state have been pleasantly surprised but when the tournament ends things are likely to return to normal
Football fans drinking alcohol in Nikolskaya Street, central Moscow, during the 2018 Fifa World Cup. Photograph: Alexander Shcherbak/TASS

One of the defining images of the World Cup has been delirious scenes of South American fans marching, chanting and drinking into the early hours on Russian streets.

For many visitors expecting a police state, the laxity of the police and authorities in the last week has been a revelation. One video of Russian policemen fretting over a pair of passed-out Swedes has gone viral.

Small regional cities such as Saransk have been flooded by armies of Colombians and Peruvians, marching unimpeded down main

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