The Russian Football Federation have confirmed they have held talks with Fabio Capello about their vacant manager's post.
Capello, 66, resigned as manager of England in February after almost four years in charge, during which time they qualified for World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.
Dick Advocaat stepped down from his post with Russia after their embarrassing first round exit at Euro 2012, having already agreed to take up a role with PSV Eindhoven.
A highly decorated coach at club level, Capello is among a number of illustrious names being linked with the post.
Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told the RIA Novosti news agency: "They (Russian Football Union officials) received Capello today (Thursday), and conducted negotiations."
He added: "From here, we move on to the next candidate.
"I think that over the course of a week -- certainly by next Tuesday -- all the consultations with the managers on our list... will be held."
Other names of the Russia wish-list include Pep Guardiola, Harry Redknapp and former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.