Presidential aide Igor Levitin: fan passport minimizes risks of unrest during 2018 World Cup

Share 17 June 2016
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Fans on one of the city streets during the 2016 UEFA European Championship

The system of personification of fans at the 2018 World Cup will reduce the risk of unrest during the championship, Presidential aide Igor Levitin said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2016).

"At the Sochi 2014 Olympics we had experience creating fan passports, which helps minimizing the risks – such as, for example, in France. I think that these events happen due to free access. Both responsible fans and hooligans could come. We need to take it into consideration in preparation for the World Cup,” he said.

During the World Cup fans can come to Russia without a visa, but with a fan passport (fan-ID). The Russian Ministry of Communications is supposed to issue the documents.

Levitin also noted the need to create a black list of football hooligans. "It is necessary to have black lists. The lists of those who should be prohibited from buying tickets and coming to stadiums. I think law enforcement agencies of all countries already have such lists. They should be considered when buying tickets, obtaining visas, and authorities should share them," he noted. Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich earlier also mentioned black lists.