The relegation play-off saved both Rostov and Volga from dropping into the First Division, but next season promises to be even tougher for both teams.
The regional leagues of Russia’s Second Division are drawing to an end, but who will be playing their football in the second tier next season?
As the dust settles on the European football season, there is still the small matter of the Russian First Division left to deal with. With promotion to the Premier League still in the sights of three teams, who will end up celebrating at the end of a long, hard season?
Zenit may have won the title, but there is plenty more at stake in the Russian Premier League. Champions League qualification, Europa League consolation and relegation fights all hang in the balance with just two games to go.