This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on Russia. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

07.08.2015NATO's military response to Russia
NATO adopted a Readiness Action Plan in response to the 2014 Russia-Ukraine crisis. This note explains the main elements with a focus on the UK military contribution.
20.05.2015UK Military Assistance to Ukraine
UK military assistance to Ukraine is longstanding. However, in response to the current crisis in Eastern Ukraine that assistance has recently been stepped up with the provision of non-lethal equipment to the Ukrainian armed forces and the deployment of a UK military training team to the country.
11.03.2015Sanctions over the Ukraine conflict
The EU announced broad economic sanctions against Russia on 29 July 2014 including restrictions on some Russian banks' ability to borrow money in EU financial markets, and an arms embargo
05.03.2015Russia and the Council of Europe
What has the Council of Europe done about Russia's poor human rights record or the alleged Russian action in Ukraine?
09.09.2014Ukraine: towards a frozen conflict?
The conflict in Ukraine has caused more than 3,000 deaths since it broke out in March 2014. the EU and the US have imposed sanctions and more are pending, while NATO has stepped up its presence in Eastern Europe. A stable solution may be elusive, however
25.07.2014NATO Summit Wales 2014
The 2014 NATO Summit will be in Newport, Wales, in September.
25.06.2014Russia and Ukraine - update June 2014
Ukraine is due to sign its agreement with the EU on 27 June; Russia's reaction is awaited
17.03.2014Ukraine, Crimea and Russia
In November 2013 the Ukrainian government decided not to sign a planned Association Agreement with the EU and demonstrations ensued in the capital Kiev. The 'Euromaidan' demonstrations turned violent in early 2014 and in February, some European foreign ministers mediated a compromise, involving a unity government and early elections.
21.08.2013Persecution of sexual minorities in Russia
21.06.2013The Ushakov Medal
British veterans of the Arctic Convoys will be allowed to accept and wear the Russian Ushakov Medal.

Lords Library Notes

28.04.2011Debate on 5 May: Chechnya and the North Caucasus
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate on the political situation in Chechnya and the North Caucasus, and its implications for global security.

Select Committee Reports

27.10.2009Russia: a new confrontation?
Government response. Ministry of Defence; Defence Select Committee report [Commons]
30.06.2009Russia: a new confrontation?
Defence Select Committee report [Commons]
03.02.2009After Georgia.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

Early Day Motions

That this House recognises the contribution made by British participants including their individual and team successes at the Moscow 1980 Olympics; remembers that on 25 March 1980 the ...
That this House expresses deep concern following the decision made by the Moscow City Court in the appeal of political prisoners Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev; notes that ...
That this House notes that 26 April 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the tragedy which occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plants in 1986 and pays tribute to its victims; recognises ...
That this House commemorates the life of Sergei Magnitsky, an anti-corruption lawyer arrested and tortured to death in Russian custody on 16 November 2009, while defending a British ...
That this House condemns the arrest and prosecution of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev and denounces the trial currently in process against them as politically motivated; notes ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses