Russia President V.V. Putin signs the new revision of Russia’s National Security Concept.
A U.S. B-52 bomber crashes in Spain with four thermonuclear bombs on board. Two of the bombs are damaged, resulting in the contamination of two hectares of soil.
The Council of Ministers of the USSR makes the decision to assist socialist countries in research in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy.



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.

Feedback from participants


Vladimir V. Artisuyk, Advisor to the Director General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation: "Vladimir Andreyevich, I am very grateful to you for the invitation to the seminar. It was the first time that I spoke at a PIR-specific audience. I absorbed a new culture. I will be glad to cooperate further."


Oleg V. Rozhkov, Deputy Director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia: "Dear Vladimir Andreyevich, thank you for your kind words and such a high appreciation of my modest contribution to the PIR Center seminar. Special thanks for the photos. May I also wish you firmness and vitality of mind and body under the conditions of quarantine restrictions in the world."


Sergey A. Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: "Dear Vladimir Andreyevich, I am grateful to you for the letter. The event really turned out to be very interesting and useful. I am sure that in the future we will find opportunities to pay due attention to this topic".