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First Look World Cup host Russia defies Soviet-era, hostile image with smiles

In the spirit of the World Cup and with the convenience of Google Translate, Russians are setting aside political tensions and language barriers to eagerly welcome visitors and fans from all over the world. 

Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Chilly, gray, threatening. To many outsiders, that's the image Russia conveys to the world. But that's not the Russia World Cup fans are discovering.

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