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Treaty of Pelindaba establishing a zone free of nuclear weapons in Africa entered into force
12.08.2009
The first test of a Soviet hydrogen bomb, named RDS-6s, with a yield of 400 kilotons.
12.08.1953
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13.07.2020

“In June, the US National Security Council was due to consider a draft decision on the revision of some elements of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). In particular, Washington wants to remove heavy attack and reconnaissance drones from the MTCR control list, which will allow American companies to supply them to “unstable” countries as well. The military-industrial complex is lobbying removal of some restrictions from the USA the most actively, and although no final decision on this issue has been reported, the consequences of such a step can be significant: the entire regime of international export control may be jeopardized” - this is the leitmotiv of the 524th issue of Yaderny Kontrol.

10.07.2020

The article analyzes NATO nuclear sharing arrangements and examines the history of the concept of nuclear sharing, based on archival documents, and its practical implementation at the present stage. The authors pay special attention to the positions of the countries in whose territory American tactical nuclear weapons are stored, as well as to the speeches of countries against nuclear sharing at the PrepComs of the Review Conference. In conclusion, recommendations for Russia in working on this issue are voiced.

09.07.2020

“Training in the morning frees rest of the day - this is our general rule,” – Irina Mironova, senior specialist at Gazprom, senior lecturer of international programs at European University at St. Petersburg, and Dmitry Kovchegin, independent consultant.

PIR Center Director's Press Release from September 22, 2014

Мoscow, September 22, 2014. PIR PRESS. Today, PIR Center Founder Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov made the following statement, in response to the Russian and international media requests he recently received:

First of all, on the so called ‘foreign agent NGO’ status: My colleagues at PIR Center and I have found information that one of PIR family organizations was included into the Russian Ministry of Justice Register of Non-profit Organizations in accordance with the item 10 of the Article 13.1 of the Federal Law «On Non-Profit Organizations » from the media reports. As of today, no official written ruling notification has been received by us neither to our legal address, nor to our office based at an UpDK office space in Moscow, nor to address of the founder of the organization, nor by email.

Secondly, on the official full name of the organization: On September 2, 2014, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation issued an updated State Registration Certificate  for PIR Center, reflecting the changes made in the Statute of the organization (decided by the PIR Center’s Executive Board on June 26, 2014, and registered by the MoJ on August 4, 2014). It was done in accordance to our request. In accordance with the document, the new full name of the organization is as follows: PIR Center for International Studies Autonomous Non-for-Profit Organization” (in Russian: «Автономная некоммерческая организации «Научный центр международных исследований «ПИР»»). I have instructed PIR Center Executive Director Mr. Albert F. Zulkharneev to implement all necessary measures to provide smooth transition from the old title to a new one in a 30-day period from the date of the official registration.

Thirdly, what is my current official position/title at PIR Center then? In accordance with the updated Statute, starting September 2, 2014, my official position at PIR Center has been “Director of PIR Center”. There is no longer title of «PIR Center President” as organization’s CEO in the Statute.  

Fourthlywhether other positions/titles at PIR Center have been affected by the Statute updates? Starting September 2, 2014, position of PIR Center’s Assistant to the President has been cancelled. PA to Director position has been established instead. Senior Vice President and Vice President positions will remain unchanged until December 31, 2014. Then, they will be canceled or renamed. Other positions have not been affected by the changes.

Finally, how would PIR Center react in case if the situation changes? We carefully monitor the situation that remains very dynamic. We work closely with two excellent and experienced legal teams - “Lawyers for Civil Society” and “Law and the Media” - to explore all the possible options, and possible sequence of steps, in case we receive official rulings and have to react legally.  As a reputable organization, PIR Center will continue its activities, defending itself legally, if needed. In any scenario, we will keep our staff members, friends and partners in Russia and internationally informed about further developments, and will be doing so in the most transparent manner possible. PIR Center has always acted strictly in accordance with the Russian legislation. We have also based our steps and activities on our consultative status with the United Nations. The same approach will also fully apply in the future.”

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