A good news month Here's how much ‘negative’ news stories disappeared from Russian police websites during the World Cup

11:02, 17 july 2018

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.