Suspended collaborations

Last changed: 04 July 2023
Swedish parlament in Stockholm, photo.

The Government has requested that Swedish universities suspend their contact and collaborations with Russian and Belarussian state institutions.

The government has urged Swedish universities to pause contact and collaborations with state institutions in Russia and Belarus.

Swedish universities follow the guidelines of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs regarding international activities and contacts. Increasing sanctions apply to Russia, which SLU is required to comply with.

The government has previously urged Swedish universities to pause contact and collaborations with state institutions in Russia and Belarus. This call means that all formalized agreements and financial transactions between SLU and these countries should be paused.

Regarding individual collaborations between individual researchers, these need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Sanctions against Russia

You can find sanctions against Russia on the government's website

Frequently asked questions

Below, you will find answers to frequently asked questions. These have been supplemented with information about boycotts and participation in conferences.

Suspended collaborations FAQs

What are the criteria that determine if our collaboration needs to be suspended?

All formal collaborations with state institutions must be suspended. Individual researchers or teams must assess the suitability of any informal collaborations with individual contacts. The Government has pointed out that it is essential to suspend individual collaborations in research areas that could be significant for the Russian state. The same applies to research that could be sensitive to security policy. Contact the SLU Security Unit for help with assessing which subject areas may be sensitive,

Participants from Russia at conferences

For conferences, SLU has assessed that the government's directive means that we cannot engage in financial transactions with Russian state employers. Consequently, SLU cannot accept state-employed Russian participants at conferences.

However, if individuals from Russia log into an online webinar that is accessible on the internet, we cannot and should not block individuals based on their nationality.


As an authority, SLU adheres to public procurement and government sanctions. In addition to that, SLU does not make its own separate decisions to boycott goods.

Who can I discuss these issues with?

Talk to your head of department or manager. If necessary, the head of department will raise any dilemmas with the faculty dean for further discussion and assessment.

Contact the Legal Affairs Unit for support with legal matters (about agreements, etc.):

More information: Research projects and force majeure | Staff pages (

Can I co-publish with Russian or Belarussian researchers?

Upcoming publications can be published, as long as their content does not relate to sensitive security policy. No new publication collaborations may be initiated.

Can we host visiting research fellows from Russia or Belarus?

Currently, no visiting research fellows from Russia or Belarus should be hosted within a framework for a formal partnership agreement. No significance is attached to an individual's nationality when it comes to employment, both permanent and temporary.

Do we need to ask visiting research fellows from Russia and Belarus to leave?

At the moment, visiting research fellows from Russia and Belarus do not have to leave SLU if they are here as part of acceptable individual collaborations. However, it may become necessary if a formal collaboration is terminated and when research data may no longer be transferred between the universities.

How are EU-funded projects affected?

The EU has suspended collaborations with Russia and Belarus, meaning projects involving partners in these countries may be affected.

Can we buy materials or equipment from Russia or Belarus?

There is no import ban on products bought from private organisations in these countries. However, we must not purchase anything from state organisations, as per the Government’s request that collaborations and financial transactions be terminated.

Does it matter if an individual researcher supports the Russian government?

SLU must not collect or register information about the opinions of individuals, so this factor cannot be included in decision making.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand, Swedish parlament.