Russia Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has decided to temporarily stand down as president of the Russian Football Union.
Mutko was banned from the Olympics for life in early December having been accused of running a huge Olympic doping programme.
He is to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday against the decision by the International Olympic Committee and wishes to focus on those proceedings.
A FIFA spokesperson said: "FIFA understands Mr Mutko's decision which was also taken in the best interest of the FIFA World Cup next summer. FIFA thanks Mr Mutko for this responsible step and for the work carried out so far for the World Cup.
"Mr Mutko's decision will have no impact on the successful staging of the FIFA World Cup next summer, as FIFA, the Russian Government, RFU and the LOC [Local Organising Committee] continue their fruitful co-operation on the preparations for the FIFA World Cup according to plan.
"In the coming days, FIFA will discuss with all relevant parties and agree on the next steps related to the LOC."
It is expected that Mutko will be replaced as RFU president by Alexei Sorokin, the chief executive of Russia 2018.