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.
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.
Best Handballers of Russia in the 20th century
In 2001, the congress as well as the members of the executive committee of the Handball Union of Russia named the best Russian handballers of the 20th century. The voting results were:
In 2003, the Handball Union of Russia celebrated the 75-Year Anniversary of Russian Handball. In many regions of Russia there were held special events to celebrate the jubilee. As the final chord was the organization of the match for men teams Russia national handball team and the World Selection.