16 teams, each plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 30 games each, over 30 game weeks.
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.
1. points won; 2. games won; 3. points in head-to-head matches; 4. games won in hth matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. goals scored in hth matches; 7. away goals in hth matches; 8. total goal difference; 9. total goals scored; 10. total away goals scored.
Qualification for UEFA competitions:
1 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League qualifiers
3-4 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League qualifiers
5 place: possible 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League qualifiers (depends on Cup outcome)
Relegation from the league:
13-14 place: enter Play-offs 1/2 with two FNL teams for 2 places in 2016/2017 Premier League
15-16 place: relegated to 2016/2017 FNL
Promotion to the league:
2 teams from 2015/2016 FNL
2 more teams from 2015/2016 FNL possible to promote through Play-offs 1/2
Changes from last season:
Torpedo Moskva and Arsenal Tula relegated to FNL
Krylya Sovetov and Anzhi promoted from FNL