Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency has started issuing media accreditation badges that grant access to press centers in the eleven 2018 FIFA World Cup host cities.
Russian and foreign journalists accredited on https://footballcitymediacenter.com can receive their badges at the agency's International Multimedia Press Center located on Zubovsky Boulevard, on weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Accreditation on the website will close on May 30, 2018. Rossiya Segodnya is the operator of the city press centers.
Accreditation badges will also be available at the host city press centers during their entire period of operation. The press center in Moscow will open on June 4, and ten regional centers, on June 13. The addresses are available on the website.
The world's largest international football tournament will take place in 11 Russian cities from June 14 through July 15. The press centers will help journalists cover cultural and sports events in the host cities and the regions. Similar press centers were organized during the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Each day, the Rossiya Segodnya team will offer accredited journalists a busy business and cultural program, including news conferences and briefings by city and regional heads, representatives of the travel industry, as well culture and art celebrities, workshops and museum visits. The city press centers will have fully equipped workplaces, free Wi-Fi, and lockers. The journalists will also be able to watch matches. In addition, the host regions will offer presentation zones as well as extensive tour programs for journalists.