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Russian Premier League
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Organising body Russian Football Union (RFU)
Founded 2001; 20 years ago (2001)
Country Russia
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Football National League
Domestic cup(s) Russian Cup
Russian Super Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Zenit Saint Petersburg (5th title)
Most championships Spartak Moscow (10 titles)
TV partners List of broadcasters

The Russian Premier League (RPL; Russian: Российская премьер-лига; РПЛ) (Russian Premier Liga) is the top division professional association football league in Russia. It was established at the end of 2001 as the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL; Russian: Российская футбольная премьер-лига; РФПЛ) and was rebranded with its current name in 2018. From 1992 through 2001, the top level of the Russian football league system was the Russian Football Championship (Russian: Чемпионат России по футболу, Chempionat Rossii po Futbolu). There are 16 teams in the competition. The league has three Champions League qualifying spots given to the top three teams at the end of the season and the two Europa League spots will be allocated to the fourth and fifth placed teams. The last two teams are relegated to the Russian National Football League at the end of the season.

The Russian Premier League succeeded the Top Division including history and records. The Top Division was run by the Professional Football League of Russia. Creation of the Premier League is considered to give the clubs a greater degree of independence. The league is currently called Rosgosstrakh Russian Football Championship (Russian: Росгосстрах — Чемпионат России по футболу) for sponsorship reasons.

Since the introduction of the Russian Premier League in 2002, CSKA Moscow (6 times), Zenit St. Petersburg (5 times), Lokomotiv Moscow (3 times), Rubin Kazan (2 times) and Spartak Moscow (1 time) have won the title. Zenit Saint Petersburg are the current Russian Premier League champions.

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