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Russia says it has 'nothing to hide' after FIFA bid probe

This is a Wednesday, April 29, 2015 file

This is a Wednesday, April 29, 2015 file photo of Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko as speaks during a press conference on World Cup 2018 issues in Moscow, Russia. Credit: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko tells The Associated Press "we've got nothing to hide" after Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Speaking by telephone from Zurich, Mutko says "we're prepared to show everything" to investigators.

Swiss authorities say they are investigating the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar. In a separate U.S. investigation, 14 people were indicted on corruption charges and seven of them were arrested in Zurich.

Mutko, who played a leading role in Russia's bid, says his country welcomes the investigation.

Mutko and 2018 organizing committee head Alexei Sorokin both told the AP they had not been contacted by investigators.

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