Guest blogger Keith Huckle revisits an historic title win.
Russia has long be tainted by racism – in recent weeks, it has reared its ugly head once again.
Although Zenit are currently Russia’s biggest side, their ailing St Petersburg rivals Dinamo did once threaten their superiority in their home city.
Fakel Voronezh’s shocking season in the First Division is a harsh warning to teams being promoted too early from the regional leagues.
After a lengthy winter break, the Russian Premier League gets back underway with some crucial matches at both ends of the table.