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Title: World Cup preparations
Description: World Cup preparations, said Saturday. FILE In FUT Coins this Sunday, June 25, 2017 file photo, spectators sit in the stands during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Germany and Cameroon, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia. After years of controversy, Russian officials think their World Cup has weathered the storm. Questions have receded over the legitimacy of the 2010 vote that gave Russia the tournament, the stadiums are either finished or nearing completion, and the Confederations Cup is going smoothly.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis/File)But with a year to go, some serious concerns remain around Russia's 643.5-billion-ruble ($10.8 billion) World Cup dream.Workers' deaths and alleged rights abuses taint the new stadiums. Teams will live in far-flung, hard-to-secure locations. Many of the stadiums risk becoming white elephants.Here is a look at some of the key issues:STADIUMSRussia is desperate to avoid what Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko calls "the Brazilian scenario" - the construction delays and organizational disarray which marred the start of the last World Cup in 2014. That looks assured, with most of the 12 stadiums either complete or close to completion, though some have gone over budget.But did Russia cut corners on workers' rights to get them ready? A report this month by Human Rights Watch accused Russia of numerous abuses on pay and conditions, and notes at least 17 deaths during construction.Evidence that North Korean workers - who are employed around the world in conditions often likened to slavery - worked on the St. Petersburg stadium has brought concern from FIFA.LEGACYMany of Russia's 12 stadiums look certain to be rarely - if ever - full again after the World Cup.