Russia now lead third-placed Cyprus by 11 points with only two matches remaining, and will attempt to overtake Belgium at the summit when they host the world's number one side on November 16.
Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin attacked two officials in an upmarket Moscow cafe after a drunken night out in October 2018.
Belgium earned a battling 3-1 win over Russia in Brussels as Eden Hazard struck twice for Roberto Martinez's side.
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane and Bayern Munich pair Niklas Suele and Serge Gnabry claimed the first-half goals in Leipzig.
Putin spoke to Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during a ceremony at the Kremlin.
Russian president Vladimir Putin handed over the mantle of FIFA World Cup host to Qatar, who will stage the 2022 edition of the tournament.
Britain decided not to send its politicians and members of the royal family to the World Cup in protest at the poisoning in England in March of a former Russian double agent.
Vladimir Putin plans to attend only the final match of the 2018 FIFA World cup.
Domagoj Vida faced possible disciplinary sanctions from FIFA after posting a clip dedicating his country's victory over Russia in the World Cup quarter-final to Ukraine.
The host country's PM was clearly not amused and chose to look the other way as Croatia's first female President enjoyed every moment of her team dumping Russia out of the tournament.
The Russian team showed heart and won what seemed like the entire nation's gratitude.
After 10 years of Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi dominating the Ballon d'Or, there has been talk that leading his country to World Cup glory could see Modric break the pair's stranglehold on the award for the world's best player.
Croatia beat Russia 4-3 on penalties to set up World Cup 2018 semi-final clash with England.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Quarter Final, Croatia Beat Russia 4-3 On Penalties To Set Up Semi-Finals Against England
Croatia have a better record in the knockouts but Russia have telling home advantage.
Zlatko Dalic's side showed in their comprehensive dismantling of Argentina during the group phase that they have no fear of the big names, and there is a strong case to say they are the best team left in their half of the draw.
Croatia will face hosts Russia in the quarterfinals of the tournament on July 7.