The Handball Federation of Russia commonly known by its acronym, HFR, is the national governing body of handball in Russia. Its headquarters are in Moscow, Russia, and its current president is Sergey Shishkarev. HFR is responsible for the organization and governance of handball's major local championships in Russia, most notably the Russian Handball Super League, held since 1992.
In 1989 was held the first Constituent Conference of the Handball Union of Russia with participation of 32 collective members. As the General Director of the Union was elected Mr. Vladimir Salmanovich Maksimov, the Olympic Champion of 1976, the USSR Merited Master of Sport, the Merited Coach of the USSR and of the RSFSR.
In March 1992 in Volgograd was held the second Conference of the Handball Union of Russia where the authorities of Union were elected. As the first President of the Union was elected Mr. Alexander Borisovich Kozhukhov, USSR Merited Master of Sport, Merited Coach of the USSR. As the General Director and Vice-President was elected again Mr. Vladimir Salmanovich Maksimov. As the Vice-President Mr. Yuri Fedorovich Reznikov, the Honorary Master of Sport of the USSR. As the General Secretary Mr. Boris Nikolaevich Makarov.
The same year (1992), as the right successor of the former USSR Handball Federation, the Handball Union of Russia had become the equal member of the International Handball Federation (IHF) and of the European Handball Federation (EHF).
And since that formation date the Handball Union of Russia hold annual tournaments and championships of Russia.
Since 1993 Russia entered the national teams for participation at the Olympic Games, World and European Championships.
The Handball Union of Russia conducts two competitions for both Men and Women teams:
The Handball Union of Russia was awarded with the highest order of the International Handball Federation (IHF) – Hans Baumann Trophy for the great contribution to the world development of this sport. The awarding with the Trophey was held during the IHF XXIX Ordinary Congress in Saint Petersburg by the IHF President Dr. Hassan Moustafa and the IHF General Director Mr. Raymond Hahn. The trophy of Hans Baumann, the second President of IHF, who headed the world handball from 1950 up to 1971, is awarded since 1972 each two years. The Russian handball was awarded the trophy for the first time.
The Trophy is kept at the head-office of the Handball Union of Russia, together with five prizes of the European Handball Federation as the best country by sports results.