• Position : Founder & CEO
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Vladimir Orlov Celebrates His 50th Birthday


MOSCOW, OCTOBER 4. PIR PRESS. “He travelled, he studied, he taught.” It is in this order, as Nabokov wrote, that I would love to set priorities in my life. I have been to 70 countries. Is that many or few? Very, very few! By telling the story of the Russian Hawaii, I am getting ready for new travels. I cannot help but feel passion for changing places,” – Vladimir Orlov, Founder of PIR Center.

Today, on the 4th of October, Vladimir Orlov, Founder of PIR Center, celebrates his 50th birthday. 

International journalist, one of the foremost authorities on nuclear nonproliferation, and educator, Vladimir Orlov is Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.  

“You are an expert, whose exceptional competence is acknowledged far beyond our country. This is attested, at least, by your work as a UN Consultant, by your constant activities as part of numerous advisory boards, as well as at PIR Center which you founded. We at MGIMO rejoice at your successes! Having gained vast life and practical experience, you returned to your alma mater to share it – as a professor and then as an academic advisor to one of the leading dual degree programs,” Anatoly Torkunov, Rector of MGIMO University, writes in Kommersant daily being among the first to congratulate Vladimir Orlov.

Vladimir Orlov belongs to those who cannot but feel passion for changing places. As he discovers a lot for himself, Vladimir Orlov hastens to share this with his friends, colleagues, and readers.  

Today Vladimir Orlov presents the first results of his project “Hawaiian Don River Flows.” Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry is hosting a seminar and photo exhibition “Russian America: Hawaiian Pages. 200 Years After.”  

In 2016, Vladimir Orlov shaped the project on the Russian presence on Hawaii at the beginning of the 19th century. Studying of the common heritage may become one of the fruitful ways of establishing a constructive dialogue between Russia and the United States. 

“I was attracted by the history of Russian Kauai because there is such a mixture of different elements: geopolitics of the first quarter of the 19th century, sea otters, China, Petersburg's decision making, Boston's captains and Hawaiian intrigues. There is Russian Fort Elizabeth, where one can still imagine the flag-raising ceremony that took place on May 21, 1816 with lots of Kauaians around. And there are adventures. And romance. And the beauty of the Russian Hanalei Valley. And even a featureless rivulet Hanapepe that received a new name: Don,” the expert says. 

At the meeting, Vladimir Orlov will speak about the development of the project and his new plans. 

It is with all its heart that PIR Center’s team congratulates Vladimir Orlov on his anniversary! We wish you inspiration, great mood, and new discoveries! We believe you, and, therefore, must win!