Russian authorities plan to use prison labor to drive down the costs of hosting the 2018 World Cup. Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the United Russia party proposed that prisoners be taken from their camps to labor in factories in preparation for the event. "It'll help in the sense that there will be the opportunity to acquire building materials for a lower price," Khinshtein said. "And apart from that it'll make it possible to get prisoners into work, which is very positive. Various Russian prsion labor plans have faced skepticism in the past for underpaying workers and forcing them to work long hours. Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service has been working with Khinshtein to draw up the specifics of the proposal which will be sent to parliament soon.
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