Ahead of the FIFA World Cup, Russia’s Interior Ministry reportedly urged
police across the country to refrain from publishing “negative” news stories (mainly, press releases about crimes committed) on the websites of the ministry’s regional departments. Once the soccer tournament wrapped up on Sunday, journalists at the website “7x7” ran the numbers
on the content published on ministerial websites in 19 different regions over the past two months. In many areas, not a single “negative” story saw the light of day during the World Cup.