Multimedia city press centers for Russian and foreign media operated by Rossiya Segodnya Media Group will open at the beginning of June. The Moscow press center will open on June 4, followed by ten regional centers on June 13. Access will be granted only with accreditation, which will remain open on https://footballcitymediacenter.com/ throughout May 30, 2018.
Over 5,000 representatives of Russian and foreign media have submitted applications: media representatives from almost 30 countries will be covering World Cup related events during the championship, from Argentina and Brazil to China and Japan. Based on the number of requests, the most enthusiastic Russian journalists represent Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Kazan, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Saransk.
The Rossiya Segodnya team will offer accredited journalists with an eventful business program, which will include press conferences and briefings with top officials in the host regions and cities, travel industry leaders, and celebrities. Journalists will have access to fully equipped workplaces, free Wi-Fi, and lockers, and be able to followmatches at the press centers. Moreover, each press center will organize presentations of their respective host region and offer an extensive sightseeing program for media.
Rossiya Segodnya, Russia's largest news agency, is the official operator of the city multimedia press centers for Russian and foreign media during the World Cup. The much-anticipated football tournament will be held in 11 Russian cities from June 14 to July 15, 2018. City press centers will assist journalists in covering cultural and sports-related events unfolding in each host region and city against the backdrop of the World Cup. The news agency opened similar press centers for non-accredited journalists during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 and 2014 Sochi Olympics.