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Putin-led Russian World Cup vote win investigated 8 years on

June 10, 2018

GENEVA (AP) — Speaking in English with a beaming smile, Vladimir Putin put his seal on Russia's World Cup hosting vote victory that eight years later is still under criminal investigation. "From bottom of my heart, thank you," Putin said , a comment directed at now-discredited FIFA executive committee voters to kick off his news conference with a four-minute statement. International media in Zurich had waited for hours after the result was announced for the architect of victory to be jetted in from Russia. Putin was only the prime minister, not president, when Russia beat three rivals to secure world sport's most-watched event. It was clearly his triumph on Dec. 2, 2010 in a campaign that got

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