Russian Federation // 47 States, one Europe

The Russian Federation became the 39th member State of the Council of Europe on 28 February 1996

Action of the Council of Europe in Russian Federation


Prevention of torture

The European Committee for the prevention of torture visits places of detention (for juvenile or immigration detainees, police stations, psychiatric hospitals) in order to assess how persons deprived of their liberty are treated.

Visits and reports


Fight against racism

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) is an independent monitoring body which provides member States with concrete and practical advice on how to tackle problems of racism and intolerance in their country.



Protection of social rights

The European Social Charter is a Council of Europe treaty which guarantees social and economic human rights. It was adopted in 1961 and revised in 1996. The European Committee of Social Rights rules on the conformity of the situation in States with the European Social Charter, the 1988 Additional Protocol and the Revised European Social Charter.




Protection of minorities

The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities provides for a monitoring system to evaluate how the treaty is implemented in State Parties. An advisory Committee adopts recommendations to improve minority protection.



Fight against corruption

The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) monitors member states' compliance with the Council of Europe anti-corruption standards with the objective to improve the capacity of its members to fight corruption.



Fight against money laundering

MONEYVAL Committee of experts

The committee evaluates the effectiveness of domestic measures to counter money laundering and the financing of terrorism in Council of Europe member states which are not members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Russia is a member of the FATF, of MONEYVAL and of the Eurasian Group on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism (EAG).

Country profile


The Conference of the Parties under the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS No. 198) monitors the proper implementation of the Convention by the Parties.



Democracy through Law

The European Commission for Democracy through Law - the Venice Commission - is an advisory body on constitutional matters which plays a leading role in the adoption of constitutions that conform to the standards of Europe's constitutional heritage



Fight against trafficking in human beings

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) is responsible for monitoring implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the Parties. It regularly publishes evaluation reports. Russia is not part of this convention.



Justice system

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

The aim of the CEPEJ is the improvement of the efficiency and functioning of justice in the member States.


Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)

This consultative body to the Committee of Ministers prepares opinions, promotes the implementation of Rec(2000)19 and collects information about the functioning of prosecution services in Europe.


Art and donations

The Council of Europe’s various buildings are home to an extensive collection of works of art. Member and non-member states, regional and local authorities, and even artists themselves have donated works of art to the Council. These gifts symbolise their donors’ attachment to one of the oldest of Europe’s political organisations. They are a tangible expression of support for an organisation that views human rights as the focal point of society, as well as acknowledging that creative artists play a vital part in shaping attitudes and behaviour.

View of the Pushkin Square - New year

by Simon Kozhin

Donated by the Russian Federation in 2016

The Moscow Kremlin

by Valentina Platonova

Donated by the Russian Federation in 1997

The Russian Federation in the Council of Europe

Committee of Ministers

- Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
- Ivan Soltanovsky, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe since November 2015.

Parliamentary Assembly

The Russian Federation is represented in the Parliamentary Assembly by a delegation of 18 representatives and 18 substitutes.

Working documents

Adopted texts

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

The Russian Federation is represented in the Congress by a delegation of 18 representatives and 18 substitutes.

Monitoring reports

European Court of Human Rights

- Judge to the European Court of Human Rights: Dmitry Dedov.
- Applications allocated to a decision body(*) in 2016: 5591
- Judgments in 2016: 228 of which 222 violations and 5 non-violations

(*) Do not include applications which are at the pre-judicial stage (incomplete case file)

Country profile

Execution of Court's judgments

Commissioner for Human Rights

As part of his mandate, the Commissioner carries out visits to countries in order to monitor the human rights situation and pursue a dialogue with national authorities and civil societies.


Council of Europe Treaties

Treaties ratified and signed by the Russian Federation


The Council of Europe's budget for 2017 is € 454 586 500.

The contribution of the Russian Federation is € 33 035 136.

Programme Office in Moscow