An activist with Reporter Without Borders, wearing a mask depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin, stands next to a giant portrait of imprisoned Russian journalist Alexei Kungurov on the Place de la Republique, transformed into a soccer field to denounce abuse of press freedom in Russia before the start of 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Paris, France, June 13, 2018. As Russia hosts the cup, it's being condemned for many of the same human rights abuses it was criticized for in the lead-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. This time, Putin seems much more resistant to Western criticism. 


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