Performers display the 2018 soccer World Cup logo and the colors of Russia and Saudi Arabia prior to their group A match which opens the tournament at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)
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The World Cup kicked off in Russia Thursday as the host nation took on Saudi Arabia in front of 80,000 people in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially declared the tournament open.Russia is spending more than $13 billion on hosting football's showpiece, the most important event in the country since the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. On the day of the curtainraiser, Russia freed the main opposition figure to Putin, Alexei Navalny, from jail after he served a 30-day sentence for organising an illegal protest.The money lavished on the tournament will boost Putin's already sky-high prestige at home by giving many of the 11 host cities their first facelifts in generations.The tournament also offers Putin a chance to project Russia as a global player that is accepted and respected even while being at odds with the United States.
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