Russia headed into their home World Championships having not won a gold for 17 years but Denis Yuskov ended that on the very first say after storming to victory in the men's 1500m.
And, after Ivan Skobrev claimed bronze in the men's 5000m on day two, Fatkulina ensured the Russian national anthem was played out again in the Olympic host city in the ladies' 1000m.
She clocked 1:15.44 minutes for the win with Ireen Wust, already victorious in the ladies' 3000m and 1500m, 0.27 seconds adrift for silver with Brittany Bowe of America another 0.16 back for bronze.
Wust had a second chance to return to the top of the podium in the ladies' 5000m however she once again had to settle for silver as Martina Sablikova exacted revenge on the Dutch skater.
Sablikova was beaten to gold by Wust in the 3000m on the opening day however the Czech skater emphatically put her in her place in the 5000m defeating her by almost nine seconds in Sochi.
She was the only skater to duck under seven minutes, clocking 6:54.31, with Wust 8.65 seconds back for silver while Claudia Pechstein was 9.76 behind in total for bronze.
However, while the Netherlands missed out in both the ladies' events on day three, they completely dominated the only men's race, the 10,000m, recording a one-two-three.
Jorrit Bergsma defeated favourite Sven Kramer by 2.02 seconds after posting a time of 12:57.69 while Bob de Jong completing the podium after clocking 13:00.26.
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