Foreign visitors, football fans and high-profile delegations have praised Ekaterinburg for its arrangements for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Ekaterinburg, Alexander Kharlov, said during a news conference at the City Press Center.
"Everyone is amazed by the infrastructure and the way the region prepared for hosting this event. People also praised local residents for their positive attitude when dealing with foreigners," he said.
Kharlov spoke highly of the police at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Ekaterinburg. To provide an example, he referred to a number of cases when foreign fans lost their documents. Usually local residents would find the papers and pass them on to the local police. Police officers would then get in touch with Foreign Ministry representatives who were tasked with contacting the consulates of the respective countries.
"A man from Uruguay left a bag with all his money and documents in a bar, and then asked the police for help. External surveillance cameras helped identify the bar where the bag was lost, and the woman who had the bag. When the police found her, it turned out that it was a Ekaterinburg resident who had already taken the back to another police station," Kharlov pointed out.