World Cup fans steal $16.000 worth of tea glass holders and linens from trains
Apparently, train passengers chose to keep glass holders, blankets and linens as souvenirs.
Football fans took about 1.000.000-rubles’ worth ($16.000) of railway property from the free trains during the 2018 World Cup, Pavel Burtsev, the head of the Passenger Transportation department of Russian Railways said at a briefing session. Apparently, passengers chose to keep glass holders, blankets, and linens as souvenirs, he said.
"We even saw our sheets on TV, with posters painted on them. <...> In many ways, we choose to think of it as some kind of mentality of people who believe if it was given to them free of charge, it must belong to them. It was all we really thought of it," RIA Novosti quoted Burtsev as saying.
France has become the winner of the 2018 World Cup having beaten Croatia 4-2 in the final match. Russia made it to the quarterfinals for the first time in history but did not go further, defeated by Croatia.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.