A draw for the elite 2021-22 BetCity Russian Cup group stage took place on 13 August. Following its results, FC Krasnodar found themselves in Group 1 where they are to play with FC Kuban Krasnodar and FC Leningradets Leningrad Oblast.
Each group consists of one representative from the Tinkoff Russian Premier League, Olymp Football National League (a second-tier division), and Olymp Football National League 2 (a third-tier division). The teams will meet each other once with a Premier League club playing both games away. FC Krasnodar will meet FC Leningradets on September 22 or 23, and FC Kuban on October 27 or 28. The group winner will advance to the Round of 16.