Russia's World Cup preparations got off to a winning start with a 1-0 win over Slovakia in a friendly on Monday.
Zenit St Petersburg striker Alexander Kerzhakov nodded in debutant Maxim Kanunnikov's cross after 82 minutes.
Russia's former England manager Fabio Capello was without injured captain Roman Shirokov for the game in St Petersburg.
Capello's team face friendlies against Norway on 31 May and Morocco on 5 June before heading for Brazil.
Russia are playing in the World Cup for the first time in 12 years.
They have been drawn in the same group as South Korea, Belgium and Algeria.