Russia passed the first security test on the first day of the Fifa World Cup in the wake of terrorist threats eager to avenge Vladimir Putin’s involvement in Syria.
Ahead of the opening ceremony, Russia tightened security around Luzhniki Stadium but fans were not caught in the fray.
With most fans already screened through issuance of Fan IDs, it was left to hundreds of volunteers to usher in fans with the security agencies keeping distance.
Russian-backed Syria military are locked in a battle with Islamist terrorists who seek to overthrow the government of Bashar Al Assad.
Fans, however, back President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Syria. more