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PIR Center congratulates Evgeny Maslin with the anniversary!

24.05.2017

MOSCOW, MAY 24, 2017, PIR-PRESS — “Patriotism — is not so much praising and admiration of one’s Motherland, but rather an aspiration to make it better, not so much right words and considerations, but rather right deeds. Right actions of everyone on one’s own place. To raise the children as decent people, give them education, prepare for the responsible life — that is patriotism”, — Evgeny P. Maslin, PIR Center Executive Board member, Security Index Editorial Board Member.

On May 20, 2017 Evgeny P. Maslin, PIR Center Executive Board member, Security Index Editorial Board Member and Colonel General (Ret.) Evgeny Maslin celebrated his 80th birthday. Colonel General Maslin is the biggest Russian specialist in the sphere of nuclear security, reduction of nuclear arms, and control mechanisms, whose achievements are recognized in Russia and abroad.

Evgeny Maslin more than 40 years has served in the different positions within the Ministry of Defense of USSR/Russia, having begun as a brigade engineer in the nuclear engineering forces. In 1997 he retired already as a Head of the Russian Ministry of Defense 12th Main Directorate, which is responsible for the security of nuclear munitions. Under his leadership 12th Main Directorate implemented the most complicated projects on the withdrawal of Russian nuclear weapons from the territory of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. In January 1999, Evgeny Maslin joined PIR Center.

Thanks to his vast experience, Colonel General Maslin continues to play an important role in the issues concerning the increase of the effectiveness of the nuclear security in Russian Federation. Besides, Evgeny Maslin is actively engaging with the younger generation of specialists, sharing his immense wealth of knowledge. Thus, in April of 2017, Evgeny Maslin gave a speech during the debates “Will the world be safer without nuclear weapons?”, which were part of the seventeenth International School on global security, organized by PIR Center. After having heard both debating sides, Colonel General Maslin shared his own view: “Will the world be more secure without nuclear weapons? First, we need to understand what is “safer”, and what is “world”. For example, in the case of the nuclear war, will the penguins in Antarctica suffer? Of course, they will. Therefore, if we think of the world in terms of the whole planet, then it is high time for human kind to stop threatening each other (with nuclear weapons as well) and start dealing with universal problems. However, in the current situation the world would not be any safer, this is my deepest conviction”.

Evgeny Maslin commented his speeches in the following way: “Whenever I give a presentation on some conferences, I always start with the following: “Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! I would like to say, that first of all am a practitioner. So, I apologize for the fact that my expressions or my views would be slightly different from the generally accepted in the scientific world. Because everything about the nuclear security I know not from the books, but from my own experience”. In his interaction with young specialists at the School Colonel General Maslin also drew on his rich practical experience, which is simply priceless for the new generation of experts.

Evgeny Maslin also participated in the round table “What kind of world does Russia need, and what kind of Russia does the world need?”. His views on the issue Colonel General Maslin expressed in the following way: “Patriotism — is not so much praising and admiration of one’s Motherland, but rather an aspiration to make it better, not so much right words and considerations, but rather right deeds. Right actions of everyone on one’s own place. To raise the children as decent people, give them education, prepare for the responsible life — that is patriotism”.

PIR Center’s team cordially congratulates Evgeny Maslin with his anniversary and whishes good health, wonderful mood, and optimism! Let all your plans materialize. May you and your loved ones be happy!

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