Chronology

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 Founder's Memo from April 30, 2015

Moscow, April 30, 2015. I concluded my work as PIR Center's Director/CEO. New Director appointed. More below.

Eight months ago, I informed my colleague at PIR Center and all the friends and partners of our institute about my decision to terminate my work at PIR Center as its CEO. In my statement made in August 2014, I promised that the transition period would be smooth and with no unnecessary rush.

As you are aware of, I continued my work as PIR Center’s Director throughout all those eight months, dynamically and in business-as-usual style. In parallel to this CEO routine, I was working everyday on a smooth transition, with members of PIR Center’s Executive Board, other friends of PIR Center as my key mentors and guides on this process.

Based on these consultations and advice, on April 14, 2015, I made a written decision to quite as Center’s CEO effective the same day, and called upon members of PIR Center’s Executive Board to support Mr. Albert Farkhatovich Zulkharneev as my candidate for PIR Center’s Director/CEO.

I was happy that the Board, under the chairmanship of Gen. Yevgeny Buzhinsky, supported my initiative, and on Albert was appointed as PIR Center’s new Director/CEO for the five-year term, in compliance with PIR Center’s Statute. This decision took effect on April 15, 2015.

On my side, I followed the requests of Board members to stay at PIR Center, at least in the near-term future, in order to provide continuity. Consequently, I started working at PIR at a new position, as a Special Advisor. I also remain a member of PIR Executive Board.

I would like to use this opportunity to welcome Albert at this new position and congratulate him with the Board’s decision. I highly value Albert’s contribution to PIR Center’s development and success during those eight years he has been with our organization. Albert started as an intern and junior researcher, coming to Moscow from a highly reputed university in the Ural Mountains, made great progress with educational programs as their director, and, in recent two years, served as executive director of PIR Center. He was my right hand when accelerating the progress or when meeting tough challenges was needed. In any situation, Albert always behaved with wisdom, energy, and sense of responsibility. He has grown professionally in PIR Center and with it. He knows our organization. He has the vision on how to move it on – and his speech on PIR Center’s strategy for 2015-2020 made in Abramtsevo late last year just proved it. I am certain and hopeful – that all PIR Center’s friends across the globe will be supportive to Albert in future steps.

I departed PIR Center’s Director/CEO position in a positive mood and with numerous plans. Some of them are closely linked to PIR Center, while others are not. An important part of my professional career, and of my life – 20+ years! – is over.

I am proud that I founded PIR Center in April 1994. I am happy that I pass a solid legacy of a unique Russian think-tank to Albert and my other younger Russian colleagues. I have no intention to influence decision making at PIR Center from now on. I am open to change at PIR Center, to new ideas, to experimenting - as I know that this is a sustainable organization. And I am honored to be part of PIR Center’s Community – great to see it growing!

V. Orlov

PIR Center's Founder 

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