Croatia's supporters deploy a giant flag on Manezhnaya square in Moscow on July 11, 2018 ahead of the the semi-final match England v Croatia during the Russia 2018 World Cup. (AFP / Maxim ZMEYEV)
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The soccer World Cup has helped "destroy stereotypes" about Russia and will boost foreign tourism by 15 percent as fans head home and spread the word that they had a great time, said Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets.Russia has hosted more than 700,000 foreign soccer fans during the tournament, spread over 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.Saransk, the smallest World Cup city, has a stadium of some 45,000 seats and a population of just 300,000 . The city, located 650 kilometers (400 miles) southeast of Moscow, does not have a Russian Premier League team.
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