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World Cup protest group says three students detained in Moscow

Russia Soccer WCup Saransk

This photo shows a view on the new World Cup stadium during the Russian second league soccer match between Mordovia and Zenit-Izhevsk in Saransk, Russia, Saturday, April 21, 2018. The stadium will hold group-stage games at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Julia Chestnova)


MOSCOW (AP) A Russian group protesting against this month’s World Cup says three students have been held by police on suspicion of vandalizing a tournament noticeboard.

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The Initiative Group at Moscow State University says two students from the language faculty were detained during an exam, and a third was summoned to a police station.

Images posted online showed a noticeboard daubed with red paint reading “No to the fan zone,” though their authenticity couldn’t immediately be confirmed.

Some students at MSU, traditionally Russia’s most prestigious university, have been angered by the city government’s decision to set up a World Cup `fan zone’ on the edge of their campus that will show games on a big screen. They say the noise and crowds will disrupt research and exams scheduled for June.