Now this has really surprised me:
Russia has waived normal visa requirements for a 72-hour period for football fans with a ticket for the Champions League final in Moscow.
Supporters will need to present a valid match ticket, a valid passport, and a completed immigration form upon arrival in Russia, Uefa has confirmed.
I had expected the Russian immigration authorities to be far more pig-headed about it, and they must be congratulated on making this move. Let’s hope they take it a step further and emulate the Ukrainians after the Eurovision Song Contest by removing the visa requirements for European tourists altogether.