Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Yekaterinburg seeks to relocate jails before World Cup

The city of Yekaterinburg is looking to move the location of two prisons that are currently next door to the stadium that will host World Cup matches in the 2018 tournament

Yekaterinburg does not want the presence of prisons to negatively affect the experience of thousands of foreign fans expected to attend the games, Sport.co.uk reports.

The Sverdlovsk region, though, says that there is not enough money in the budget to fund the costly project of relocating the prisons.

"There is not enough money in the budget of the Sverdlovsk region to move the prisons from the area that will host the World Cup," Regional Government Spokeswoman Elena Voronova said, Sport.co.uk reports.

The regional government is in talks with federal authorities in hopes that they will provide extra funding to move the prisons. Sergei Khudorozhkov, the head of the regional prisons service, however, complained earlier that nothing was being done beyond talking about the issue.

"A certain amount of funds are being handed out to host the World Cup," Sergei Khudorozhkov, said, Sport.co.uk reports. "If the authorities give the money to build a new prison at their own expense, then we will be glad to move our people over." He estimates the cost of building a new prison at three billion rubles ($100 million).

If the inmates are to be moved in time for the event, the construction of a new prison would have to begin this year.

When the 11 host cities were announced in September, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the prisons would have to be moved.

Both prisons - pre-trial detention centre Number One and prison colony Number Two - lie at the western edge of central Yekaterinburg on Repin St. adjacent to the stadium.