Krylya Sovetov recorded a 2-0 victory at Amkar Perm to put some breathing space between itself and the foot of the Premier League table.
A sixth-minute own goal from Ivan Cherenchikov set the visitor on its way with
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It remains a point behind Volga Nizhny Novgorod, which was a 1-0 winner at Lokomotiv Moscow courtesy of Shamil Asildarov's 40th-minute strike.
The day's other match between Kuban Krasnodar and strugglers Alania Vladikavkaz finished goalless.
There were, however, three red cards with Luiz Zelao and
Russian Premier League
Spartak Moscow substitute Majeed Waris scored a late winner against Rostov to ensure his side will go into the winter break just a point off top spot in the Premier League standings.