The tournament is played near Moscow. Through 2006, it was held on the same weekend in August as the PGA Championship, which automatically made it a secondary event. In 2007, was held the weekend before the PGA Championship, but remained an alternate event, this time to the Bridgestone Invitational, a World Golf Championships event. In 2008, it was held the week after The Open Championship.
The 2005 prize fund of $500,000 was around a tenth of those of the leading events on the European Tour, even leaving aside the major championships and World Golf Championships. However, it was one of the richest tournaments of the season on the Challenge Tour. In 2006, the prize fund doubled to $1 million and it became a European Tour-only event, and in 2007 it doubled again to $2 million.
Imperial Collection Russian Open
Cadillac Russian Open
BMW Russian Open
Moscow Country Club Russian Open
Sovereign Russian Open