Russian police said they found more than $ 2 million worth of jewelry in a forest believed to be a hidden treasure trove of a robbery carried out while the country was hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Reuters reported.
Russian police said they believe the raid was pulled down by a Colombian suspect meanwhile the World Cup games.
Police found mud-covered plastic bags with rings, brooches with diamonds and precious stones that were allegedly found in the forest of Kazan city. According to Reuters, the hidden treasure trove was found after the suspect, a Colombian national, confessed to hiding it.
Authorities have released photos of the mud-covered plastic bags containing the goods.
The suspect was arrested in Argentina in 2019 and extradited to Russia earlier this year, police said in a statement released on Thursday.
The jewelry, worth 160 million rubles ($ 2.2 million), was stolen while it was being transported for exhibition at a fair in Kazan, one of the cities that hosted World Cup games, according to Reuters.
RussiaUsually with strict visa requirements, many of them waived so foreign football fans could enjoy the World Cup.
The 2018 World Cup in Russia was considered by critics to be one of the most entertaining tournaments for the sport. France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final and Les Bleus won their second World Cup trophy.
“The 21st edition of the world finals also produced countless moments that will stay in the collective memories of those who love the beautiful game.” FIFA declared by the 2018 World Cup in Russia. “From Kaliningrad to Yekaterinburg, from Saint Petersburg to Sochi, there were smiles and many celebrations when millions came together to enjoy a true football festival.”
The then 19-year-old French star Kylian Mbappe was awarded the “Best Young Player” award at the World Cup and was the youngest player in a World Cup final since Pele’s game in 1958.
After his country’s victory, Mbappe went to Twitter to post a photo kissing the World Cup trophy.
Mbappe also made headlines during the World Cup off the field for donating his tournament proceeds to Premiers de Cordee, a charity that reportedly provides free physical education to hospitalized children and disabled children.
“Kylian, he’s a great person,” said Sebastien Ruffin, General Manager of Premiers de Cordee, to Le Parisien. “If his schedule allows, he’ll be happy to intervene for us. He’s got a very good one [relationship] with children. He always finds the right thing [words] to encourage them. I even feel it sometimes [he] It’s more fun to play with the kids than with the kids themselves. “
Another French star player, N’Golo Kante, left the World Cup final due to a reported stomach problem. The midfielder was sent off in the 55th minute, causing many to scratch their heads.
Edge received a yellow card earlier in the final which many believed was the reason for the move. That wasn’t the case, however, as Kante was battling gastroenteritis, according to French newspaper L’Equipe. Edge played every minute for France during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the exception of the final.
France won the 1998 World Cup months before Star Mbappe was born. The current French coach Didier Deschamps was the third man in the history of the World Cup to win the trophy as a player and boss, after the Brazilian Mario Zagallo and the German Franz Beckenbauer.
France is just one of eight nations to have won the World Cup since it started in 1930. Brazil has won the most trophies with five, while Germany and Italy have four wins. Other nations that have won the FIFA World Cup are Argentina and Uruguay, which have won them twice, and England and Spain, which have won them only once
The next FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar in December 2022. This is the first time the tournament has been held in the Middle East and not in the northern hemisphere during the summer months of June and July.