On the Olympic course, getting a trial run 11 months before next year's show piece, the team of Anton Shipulin, Alexandr Loginov, Dmitry Malyshko and Evgeny Ustyugov came home in a time of 1:09:50.8 hours, a full 38.3 seconds ahead of second-placed Germany.
It wasn't as plain sailing as the final result suggests however as Malyshko had to recover a deficit of 38.2 seconds himself after Loginov had struggled in the shoot, to give the hosts any chance of taking first place.
And on the last leg Ustyugov produced an impeccable final shooting round to shrug off the challenge of Germany's Benedikt Doll and ski home with no trouble at all.
Arnd Peiffer had brought the German's to within five seconds of Russia but multiple shooting errors from the inexperienced Doll allowed the chasing group to catch up, although the eventual second-place finish was their best result of the season.
Sweden had moved into second place thanks to fine shooting from anchor Tobias Arwidson but he faded on the last stretch, eventually finishing seventh while the Czech Republic stole in for the final podium place.