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WOW! All Russian Fans to Get FREE Domestic Flights to 2018 World Cup Soccer Games (Russian TV News)

Russians are sports crazy, and this generous move by Putin will be a huge crowd-pleaser.


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In a recent conversation with President Vladimir Putin, the CEO of Aeroflot says flights will be virtually free for World Cup fans. 

Oh yeah

Only a symbolic a symbolic ticket price will be asked. 

To avoid a mad rush on the gates, tickets will be sold three days before and after games.

Here is a clip of the conversation with transcript below.

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Transcript:

Today, Vladimir Putin met with the Aeroflot CEO, Vitaly Savelyev. At the 2018 World Cup, Russian team fans will be able to fly to our team's matches almost for free. Aeroflot will offer them tickets for just a symbolic price.

Vitaly Savelyev, Aeroflot CEO:

"Next year is very important for us, Russia will host the FIFA World Cup."

Vladimir Putin:

"Will you let fans travel free of charge?"

Savelyev:

"We could but…"

Putin:

"I know this is a good idea, you'll charge them one ruble."

Savelyev:

"No, not free of charge Mr. President. We'll charge them five rubles. We want the World Cup to be a great success. We'll charge all the Russian fans five rubles, including all charges and fees, for a one-way trip on all Aeroflot routes to any city hosting the World Cup matches. To avoid hype, we'll sell tickets three days before a match and three days after it. We'd like to ask you, as we noted in our letter, to instruct our partner Roscongress to help us distribute air tickets using FAN IDs and match tickets."

Putin:

"Are you referring to the matches of the Russian team?"

Savelyev:

"Yes, the Russian team alone. This amounts to about 70,000 seats for us. Naturally, we pin hopes on our team. If our team makes it to the final, this number will increase. This is why we proceed from this figure. We think our team should perform well and its fans should be satisfied. This is why we are submitting this initiative to you. If you support it, we'll start selling tickets to our fans after January 1, starting from the beginning of the year."

Putin:

"All right."


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