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No More Drinking for Russians After World Cup

Christian Hartmann / Reuters

The open-air drinking party in Russia will end as soon as the World Cup comes to a close, a blogger was told by police officers in Moscow.

In an encounter filmed and shared on Twitter, a Russian blogger was told by the police that locals will no longer be able to drink after the tournament, which has seen law enforcement officials turn a blind eye to violations of the public drinking ban.

In a video widely shared on social media, the blogger is filmed with a beer in hand asking police officers on Moscow’s famous Nikolskaya Ulitsa: “When the World Cup ends, will it be possible to continue drinking beer outside?”

“Are you Russian?” they ask, before adding: “If you are, then you won’t be able to.”

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