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The article analyzes the correlation between the regions impacted by the spread of COVID-19 and the territories of genetically modified organisms crops cultivation and consumption. The authors note that the highest mortality rates from COVID-19 can be observed in countries with a high level of genetically modified foods production and consumption, while the countries where it is prohibited hold low COVID-19 mortality rates. Based on the data analyzed, a hypothesis is put forward about the correlation between the global spread of COVID-19 and GM foods, along with the production and consumption of GMO crops.


Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov met with students online.


In November 2020, one of the "fathers of the Iranian nuclear program," academic physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in Iran. In response to the incident, Iran has accelerated the adoption of a law to increase the level of uranium enrichment. In an interview with intern at PIR Center Maria Bondareva, former Iranian Permanent Representative to the IAEA and other international organizations in Vienna Ali Asghar Soltanieh spoke about the consequences of the relevant events.


MOSCOW, DECEMBER 28, 2020. PIR PRESS. “Asking the question about the prospects for establishing common positions within the CSTO on key issues of nonproliferation and disarmament, one should, first of all, remember the current goals of the organization and why the CSTO was created”, ‒ Nadezhda Kulibaba, PIR Center intern.


Dear colleagues and friends!

In the coming holiday season, we would like to wish you and your friends and family the very best of health. We also hope that 2021 brings you peace,  prosperity, exciting prospects and long-standing success.


“This was a journey. Thank you for taking the journey with us. You had so many good ideas, and we are looking forward to capturing those ideas and putting forward some new ideas”, ‒ Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic, Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, USA).


On December 15, a regular meeting of the PIR Center Executive Board, its governing body, took place.


“We must learn to anticipate the consequences of the development of new dangerous military technologies and classes of weapons through timely political and legal steps. Otherwise, we will again face a long and exhausting arms race and the emergence of severe crises and confrontations, ”- Senior Advisor, Vice President of the PIR Center (2003-2013), Lieutenant-General of the Foreign Intelligence Service Gennady Evstafiev (1938-2013).


The telebridge participants really got into the role, and sometimes their speeches could not be distinguished from the speeches of the official representatives of Russia and the United States. Students took a useful inventory of the contradictions in US-Russian relations and highlighted the areas that will require the most difficult work under the next administration”, – Sergey Semenov, Nuclear Nonproliferation & Russia Program Coordinator.


 “A generation of highly professional but one-sided specialists is growing. I teach my students that everything that they do in the technical sphere can also have political consequences. Everything in society is connected”, -  Alexander Fedorov, Member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.