|No. of teams||27|
|Promotion to||Russian Superleague|
|Relegation to||Pervaya Liga|
|Associated Title(s)||Bratina Cup|
|Recent Champions||Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk (2009-10)|
|Most successful club||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (3)|
The Vysshaya Liga (Russian: ? ? ? , Supreme League of the Russian Ice Hockey Championship), also referred as Higher League or Major League and commonly abbreviated as RUS-2, was a second level professional ice hockey league in Russia.
The league consisted of two divisions (East and West) before 2008 and three divisions for the last two seasons. During 1997-2000 there was a relegation round where the strongest teams of the league played with the weakest RSL clubs for their place in the top division. In 2001-01 this system was replaced with a final round between the league teams only and starting with 2003-04 the Supreme League ultimately switched to playoffs. Its finalists were promoted to the RSL.
In 2010, it became known that the Vysshaya Liga was to be replaced with the KHL-affiliated Higher Hockey League (VHL) under a new ownership. Most of the Vysshaya Liga clubs re-signed with the new league in the summer of 2010.
In 2010, the Supreme Hockey League was also established.