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Did Putin Use a Picasso from the Hermitage as a World Cup Bribe?

Did Valdimir Putin get an assist from Pablo Picasso toward his goal of bringing the 2018 World Cup competition to Russia? According to a British report that has just been made public, former soccer star, president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), and executive member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Michel Platini received a Picasso painting as a bribe in return for supporting Russia’s bid to host the 2018 soccer World Cup.