Hitler opens the 1936 Olympics. Photo: Bettmann via Getty Images
At a parliamentary committee meeting Wednesday, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson agreed with a member of Parliament who said that Russian President Vladimir Putin would use the 2018 World Cup in Russia "like Hitler used the 1936 Olympics" to "gloss over the brutal regime for which he is responsible."
Yes, I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right. I think it’s an emetic prospect, frankly, to think of Putin glorying in this sporting event.— British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
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