Russia’s 2018 World Cup costs grow by $600m

The-2018-World-Cup-won't-be-cheap.-(Ivan-Sekretarev,-File/AP)

The 2018 World Cup won't be cheap. (Ivan Sekretarev, File/AP)

MOSCOW — Russian authorities say next year’s World Cup will cost $600 million more than previously planned.

There was no immediate explanation from organizers or the Russian government for the latest cost rise, published in a government decree Tuesday and signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Costs have risen by 34.5 billion rubles ($600 million) to 678 billion rubles ($11.8 billion), the decree states.

Of that, 57.6 per cent comes from the federal budget. There is another 13.6 per cent from regional government budgets, with a further 28.8 per cent from "legal entities," a category which can include both private and state-run companies.

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