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    MOODY MOSCOW Russian workers are being taught how to SMILE ahead of the World Cup

    RUSSIANS aren’t renowned for giving the warmest of welcomes, especially to strangers.
    So with the World Cup kicking off next week, its workers are being taught to smile to present a more pleasant front for the thousands of fans jetting in from around the globe.
    Those working on Russian railways and metros, as well as within FIFA, are being given training to be more polite to foreigners, the BBC reports.
    “Russian people usually don’t smile,” psychologist Elnara Mustafina told the broadcaster. “That’s why when people come to Russia they think they’re not friendly.
    “We need to teach them how to smile,” she said in a televised report where she is painstakingly teaching her compatriots to bare their teeth.
    The same piece warned that smiling to a stranger in public can land you in trouble, as film director Yulia Melamed confirmed.
    “It is strange for a person to walk on the street and smile,” Yulia added. “It looked alien and suspicious.”
    She said a police officer stopped her in the streets and asked for her ID because she did just that.
    As many as 10,000 Brits are expected to fly over to support the Three Lions, who begin their campaign against Tunisia on June 18.
    More alarmingly, they have been told to take shelter in their hotel rooms if the tournament erupts into bloody street violence.
    England supporters are deemed to be at particular risk from attack by Russian yobson the back of the violent clashes at Euro 2016 in Marseilles.
     
    And it’s feared many of the hooligan ambushes will take place miles away from the arenas hosting the games, which will be heavily guarded by “paramilitary” security forces.
    The Commons’ foreign affairs committee has told the government to be prepared “to act fast and decisively” to inform fans if the security situation deteriorates.
    They may be told not to travel to the tournament, to flee the country or even stay in the safety of their hotels if already in Russia.
    The Kremlin ordered an “unprecedented crackdown” on organised groups of troublemakers before the World Cup began.
    But MPs say they have been told that “Russian authorities could not control those hooligans who operate at the margins”.
    The committee highlights Moscow’s dismissive attitude to the organised attacks by Russian hooligans on England fans during the European Championships  in 2016.

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