Member of the Committee of the Federation Council on federal structure, regional policy, local self-government and affairs of the North, representative of the executive body of state power of the Belgorod region. Position before election (appointment): deputy of the Council of Deputies of the Gubkinsky urban district of the Belgorod region on a non-permanent basis.
Public support for Russian military aggression against Ukraine. Nikolai Ryzhkov is included in the report "1500 warmongers" compiled by the Free Russia Forum. The report contains the names of Russian public figures, military commanders, members of the parliament, propagandists, artists and athletes who have publicly spoken out in support of Putin's aggression or are directly involved in it. The Free Russia Forum is seeking sanctions against them in the European Union.