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Evgeny Maslin for "Open Collar" project

20.06.2014

MOSCOW, JUNE 20. PIR PRESS – “In the month before I graduated, the Ministry of Medium Machine Building called and invited me to ‘work with new technology.’ I answered, ‘I cannot, I am going to Voronezh.’ They replied, ‘We know, but we need you to.’ They picked me up and sent me to a training center to be re-trained for six months. That is how I became involved in work with nuclear weapons. And I have lived my whole life with this ‘should’ and ‘need to’” – member of the PIR Center Executive Board, member of the Security Index Editorial Board, and counselor to Aspect-Conversion, Colonel-General (Ret.) Evgeny Maslin.

The PIR Center project Open Collar (in Russian) is aimed to show the lives, talents and activities of the unique people that are often left behind the scenes. For the project we interview the leading experts in the field of international security, current and former employees of the PIR Center, alumni of our educational and training programs, our friends, and our partners.

Today we offer you an interview (in Russian) with Colonel-General (Ret.) Evgeny Petrovich Maslin, member of the PIR Center Executive Board, member of the Security Index Editorial Board, and counselor to Aspect-Conversion.

Colonel-General Maslin gave more than 40 years of his life to work in the Ministry of Defense of the USSR and of Russia. In 1992-1997 he commanded the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, which was responsible for the development and operation of Russia’s nuclear arsenal, and personally directed the removal of Soviet nuclear weapons from the territories of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. After retiring, Evgeny Maslin applied his abundant energy and experience to the sphere of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security. For his numerous colleagues and students, General Maslin remains a shining example to follow and a living reminder that all work should be performed with a commitment to highest quality and efficiency.

Before graduating, the future Colonel-General never planned to study nuclear weapons, but the government officials discerned in the young graduate the appropriate qualities and made a good choice: “In the month before I  graduated, the Ministry of Medium Machine Building called and invited me to ‘work with new technology.’ I answered, ‘I cannot, I am going to Voronezh.’ They replied, ‘We know, but we need you to.’ They picked me up and sent me to a training center to be re-trained for six months. That is how I became involved in work with nuclear weapons. And I have lived my whole life with this ‘should’ and ‘need to.’”, - recounts Evgeny Maslin.

How the Senior Lieutenant must manage the post of Lieutenant Colonel, how the knowledge of Kipling and Yevtushenko helps during negotiations with the Americans, and whether or not shooting down asteroids with nuclear weapons is worthwhile – read more (in Russian) on our website in the Open Collar section.

For more information about the Open Collar project, please contact Andrey Baklitskiy by phone +7-495-987-19-15, or email baklitsky at pircenter.org

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