MOSCOW -- Russian national team captain Roman Shirokov has joined CSKA Moscow on a free transfer until the end of the season.
With the European championship coming up this year, Shirokov had been left without a club after leaving Spartak Moscow last month by mutual consent following a reported breakdown in relations with management.
Gianni Infantino has won the backing of Russia for the election for the FIFA presidency.
Infantino is one of five candidates standing to succeed Sepp Blatter and the endorsement of Russia, which is hosting the 2018 World Cup and has considerable influence in eastern Europe, is significant.
The Russia football federation announced its backing for Infantino, currently UEFA's general secretary, saying in a statement: "He will be able to unite the football family."
Russian president Vladimir Putin has reaffirmed his belief that suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize despite the corruption scandal engulfing world football's governing body.
Blatter faces a FIFA hearing on Thursday before FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert in Zurich over a two million Swiss franc (£1.35m) payment made to UEFA president Michel Platini by FIFA in 2011, with a decision expected on Monday next week.