Vitaliy Mutko
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) is a Russia
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n politician. Since May 2008, he has been Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth policy.

Mutko was previously president of the Russian side FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
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, and then of the Russian Football Union.

World Cup bid

Mutko was the chairman for Russia's successful bid to host the World Cup
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 in 2018. He has, however, been criticised for his comments about the rival English bid, such as by suggesting that English football
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 is corrupt. By way of explanation, he said: "What I meant was that sometimes the English media say there is corruption in Russia
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, but I meant that if you dig deeply you find corruption in any country".

Corruption allegations

Mutko accompanied the Russian team to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver
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 in 2010. Afterwards, a report by the Russian parliament's Audit Chamber criticised him for claiming for a total of 97 breakfasts during the team's twenty-day stay in Canada
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, costing a total of $4,500. Each night in his hotel was charged at $1,499. In total, Mutko is said to have spent twelve times his official limit. Mutko told Vedomosti
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 newspaper: "Why do those who want to accuse me of something not interest themselves in how much the French sports minister paid for accommodation?"

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