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A photographer's Trans-Siberian World Cup journey

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Last summer the world's greatest football tournament saw thousands of fans head to Russia to watch 32 nations compete to be world champions. It was an opportunity photojournalist Peter Dench could not resist and so he set out across the country on the Trans-Siberian Railway, travelling more than 5,000 miles in seven days.

Ahead of Peter's work going on show in London, we look back at a few of the pictures taken during his journey.

image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionOn the station platform at Belogorsk, Amur Oblast, a golden statue of Lenin gestures towards the Trans-Siberian railway
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionDench's cabin-mate for start of the journey, Toni, a FC Rostov football fan who works in the Russian army
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionA Russian fan at the Moscow Fifa Fan Fest located at Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) with a venue capacity of 25,000
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionA fan outside the Fan Fest looks down the hill, directly towards Luzhniki Stadium and the city of Moscow
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionFootball fans with makeshift sunshades
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionDanish fans drink beer and sing in central Moscow ahead of their match with France
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionA woman sells smoked fish to passengers on the platform at Barabinsk, during a short stop
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionA young woman sitting in third class
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionTwo Russian soldiers pose for a picture during another short stop
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionA man and a baby try to cope with the heat during their journey
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionA 50-minute stop at Omsk station allows passengers to buy supplies for their journey
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionArmy recruits play cards in a third-class carriage
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionTime to stretch the legs again and perhaps phone home during another short stop
image copyrightPeter Dench
image captionPassengers asleep in a second-class cabin on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Trans-Siberian World Cup by Peter Dench can be seen at the After Nyne Gallery in Holland Park, London, from 31 January to 5 February 2019.

All photographs copyright Peter Dench.

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