Here's a couple fun, quick backgrounders if you need to get caught up:
The World Cup Nobody Wants, Not Even Russia
This World Cup Is Totally Rogue
Anyway, so far the Russians have actual Cossacks patrolling the events to make sure no gay men are kissing. RUSSIA.
Or, if you prefer Elo Rankings or FIFA's rather questionable standings system,
What a strange and happy coincidence for Russia!
Starr's comment was "Sepp Blatter caught watching FIFA games through knothole in Fence at Moscow field."
It's just that in this case, the additional factors of "Russia has an incredibly horrible team" (both by current international standards and by Russia's own historical standards), "Making Vladimir Putin look bad on his home turf is A Dangerous Thing To Do", and "Thousands of idle drunken angry Russian nazis".
So instead of it being semi-blatant, it's straight-up blatantly blatant.