In this Saturday, March 24, 2018 photo, Maria Cheremnova, a 20-year old physics student at MGU who staged a picket to protest the fan zone, poses for a photo in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/James Ellingworth)
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A 25,000-capacity fan zone will be built outside the main building at Russia's prestigious Moscow State University during exam season.The building is also home to around 6,500 students.Russian universities have little tradition of student protest.Many universities are holding exams early, often by more than a month, to avoid the World Cup and free up dorm space for the security forces.The AP contacted 17 universities cited in local media reports as planning to evict students for the World Cup. Of those, six said no students would be forced to move, one said a small number would be required to move to other dorms, and 10 failed to reply. Zhokhangir Mirzadzhanov, a student in the western city of Kaliningrad, said his university initially offered to buy tickets for students to leave the city and free up dorm space for the tournament, but details about the plan remained unclear.
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