April 6 – Russian PM wants budgets for World Cup stadia construction finalised by June. Today, he urged the country’s football authorities to reverse the slump in the national team’s fortunes and deliver a strong side for the tournament… Diamond producer seeks Russia 2018 sponsorship. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.

20/9/2010 Saint Petersburg will host a World Cup semi-final in a 69,500-seat stadium with a moveable roof and retractable pitch if Russia is successful in its 2018 bid… Reporters on media tour meet bid leaders including Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko and first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov on Tuesday. INSIDER editor Mark Bisson reports from Saint Petersburg.

17/8/2010 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promises FIFA inspectors his country will waive visa requirements for players and fans if its 2018 World Cup bid is successful. He also pledges that plans for new and renovated venues will be realised even if Russia misses out on the hosting rights.