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Sepp Blatter is currently serving a six-year ban for unethical conduct after soccer's world governing body was rocked by a global corruption scandal in 2015.
The Washington-based Federation of American Scientists (FAS) published aerial photographs that the group says show the facility in the Baltic outpost has been under major renovation since 2016.
Disgraced former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter to defy ban to attend World Cup, meet Russian President Vladimir Putin
Despite his ban, Blatter has on several occasions said he would respond favourably to an invitation from Putin to come and see the World Cup in Russia.
US broadcaster Fox has apologized after it showed pop star Robbie Williams giving the middle finger to viewers during the World Cup opening ceremony.
Trump has repeatedly expressed a willingness to deal with Putin in spite of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 elections.
Russia defied expectations as the lowest-ranked side in the tournament by thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in front of an ecstatic home crowd in Moscow.
With Putin leaving no stone unturned to portray ‘normal’ image, country eager to get rid of ‘cold and dreary’ tag during World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia President Vladimir Putin congratulates coach Stanislav Cherchesov after emphatic win over Saudi Arabia
Putin smiled several times as he watched the game in a VIP box with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Vladimir Putin said love for football unites the entire world in one team, regardless of people's language or ideology.
Outside the refurbished stadium, colourful crowds of fans danced and chanted, with a heavy police presence keeping order.
The Kremlin on Thursday rejected suggestions from a senior lawmaker that Russian women should not have sex with visiting World Cup fans, saying they would make up their own minds.
The World Cup kicked off in Russia Thursday as the host nation took on Saudi Arabia in front of 80,000 people in Moscow.
So far, Putin and his officials have gone overboard to ensure that the country presents its best face when fans start arriving
Tamara Pletneva told Govorit Moskva radio station she hoped women would not date visiting fans and get pregnant.
Riyadh has been a key ally of Hariri for years, but the relationship appeared to falter in late 2017 when Hariri announced his surprise resignation during a trip to the kingdom.