02/20 03:45 CST Russian authorities fine hotels for World Cup price-gouging
Russian authorities fine hotels for World Cup price-gouging
MOSCOW (AP) --- Russian authorities in two cities say they have issued hundreds
of fines after finding many hotels were illegally hiking prices for the World
The Rospotrebnadzor consumer regulator says one Moscow hotel raised prices up
to 570 percent above what is allowed by a government decree designed to prevent
excessive profiteering during the tournament.
The regulator's Moscow branch says it issued fines totaling 5.95 million rubles
($105,000) to 198 legal entities and 181 people.
In the Ural mountain city of Yekaterinburg, where Mexico and France will each
play a group game, the regulator said it fined seven hotels, some of which were
charging almost three times the allowed rate for rooms.
Russian authorities have taken a hands-on approach to regulating hotel and
travel costs during the tournament to prevent the negative publicity of
visiting fans being charged large sums.