World Cup 2018: Russia Reduces Budget By Over $500 millionRussia has slashed over $500 million from its official budget for the 2018 World Cup after cutting spending on hotels and infrastructure.

The government is curbing most areas of public spending as the economy contracts due to the low oil price.

An order signed by Prime Minister and published Monday cut the total by 29.2 billion rubles ($544 million) to 631.5 billion rubles ($11.8 billion).

Sports Minister Vitaly revealed in April that the government had decided to slash the number of luxury hotels, warning they could lie empty after the tournament. That reduction in the number of hotels was confirmed in law Monday, while various projects to improve drainage were also removed from spending plans.

“We’re optimizing and cutting expenses,” Mutko told Russian agency R-Sport. “First of all we’re removing the excess number of hotels.”

Mutko said the budgets for building the stadiums had been left intact. Over the last year, stadium budgets have come under strain after a fall in the value of the ruble made imported equipment and materials more expensive.

Russia has also reached a deal with to cut the number of training bases provided for the teams from 48 to 36, or three per stadium, Mutko said.

“With FIFA, we were able to optimize the list of hotels and bases for hosting national teams,” he said.

It was not immediately clear which training bases would be cut. A preliminary list of training bases raised eyebrows earlier this year after it included locations in the volatile regions of Chechnya and Dagestan, where Islamist insurgents operate. organizers have said the areas are safe and would be well secured during the tournament.

More than half of the total budget will be funded by the federal government, which is providing 335 billion rubles ($6.25 billion). Other funding sources include regional governments, state-run companies and private investors.