Football diplomacy: Russia praised as World Cup host

The friendly face of Russia has been on display for the past month, during football's World Cup.

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    Hosting a World Cup has not erased Russia's authoritarianism, human rights issues or a fragile economy.

    But for a while, at least, it's allowed Russia to feel positive about itself, without the usual undercurrent of confrontation.

    The showpiece event is proving a winner for the country and President Vladimir Putin.

    Al Jazeera's Rory Challands reports from Moscow.


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