Kicking with a crutch? Konstantin Sonin, Professor at the University of Chicago

For some in the West, Russia’s fascination with large sporting events comes down to the effort of putting a glossy façade on an otherwise ugly reality and stealing some money in the process. For some in Russia, it’s a crutch to assist the country out of its chronic underdevelopment and a big party. Putting the glitz aside, will the World Cup have any durable imprint on Russia’s economy and society? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Konstantin Sonin, a prominent economist and a professor at the University of Chicago.

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