Chronology

South African President F. De Klerk ends development of nuclear weapons and eliminates available nuclear devices.
26.02.1990
The Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency enters into force.
26.02.1987
The USSR resumes nuclear tests, citing a lack of action on its initiatives by other nuclear weapons states, primarily the U.S.
26.02.1987
The USSR decides to create thermonuclear weapons.
26.02.1951

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20.02.2020

“As a journalist I know well how much more open and straight forward officials are when in an off the record modus. The upcoming discussions within the Trialogue Club International format in 2020 will give us all – so I hope – the possibility to better and deeper understand Russia’s foreign and security policy, to ask frank questions and get sincere answers”, - Dr. Elena V. Chernenko, Co-Chair, Trialogue Club International, PIR Center Executive Board member, Deputy Foreign Editor, Kommersant Daily.

 

 

17.02.2020

“The program is tailored to people with a very specific interest in nuclear issues. Getting to work with people who had been very active in the field of nonproliferation, both on the Russian and American side, is an opportunity few students get”, Dual Degree Master`s Program student Collin MacDowell.

10.02.2020

"Strategic stability in its classical sense – understood as a state of US- Russian relations under which neither side has incentives to launch a first nuclear strike – was developed during the Cold War", - a consultant at PIR Center Andrey Baklitskiy

This paper has been produced for the joint PIR Center – CSIS project “Reducing nuclear risks during Great Powers Competition”. We thank our partners in CSIS for their cooperation and support for this publication

PIR Center Director's Press Release from September 22, 2014

Мoscow, September 22, 2014. PIR PRESS. Today, PIR Center Founder Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov made the following statement, in response to the Russian and international media requests he recently received:

First of all, on the so called ‘foreign agent NGO’ status: My colleagues at PIR Center and I have found information that one of PIR family organizations was included into the Russian Ministry of Justice Register of Non-profit Organizations in accordance with the item 10 of the Article 13.1 of the Federal Law «On Non-Profit Organizations » from the media reports. As of today, no official written ruling notification has been received by us neither to our legal address, nor to our office based at an UpDK office space in Moscow, nor to address of the founder of the organization, nor by email.

Secondly, on the official full name of the organization: On September 2, 2014, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation issued an updated State Registration Certificate  for PIR Center, reflecting the changes made in the Statute of the organization (decided by the PIR Center’s Executive Board on June 26, 2014, and registered by the MoJ on August 4, 2014). It was done in accordance to our request. In accordance with the document, the new full name of the organization is as follows: PIR Center for International Studies Autonomous Non-for-Profit Organization” (in Russian: «Автономная некоммерческая организации «Научный центр международных исследований «ПИР»»). I have instructed PIR Center Executive Director Mr. Albert F. Zulkharneev to implement all necessary measures to provide smooth transition from the old title to a new one in a 30-day period from the date of the official registration.

Thirdly, what is my current official position/title at PIR Center then? In accordance with the updated Statute, starting September 2, 2014, my official position at PIR Center has been “Director of PIR Center”. There is no longer title of «PIR Center President” as organization’s CEO in the Statute.  

Fourthlywhether other positions/titles at PIR Center have been affected by the Statute updates? Starting September 2, 2014, position of PIR Center’s Assistant to the President has been cancelled. PA to Director position has been established instead. Senior Vice President and Vice President positions will remain unchanged until December 31, 2014. Then, they will be canceled or renamed. Other positions have not been affected by the changes.

Finally, how would PIR Center react in case if the situation changes? We carefully monitor the situation that remains very dynamic. We work closely with two excellent and experienced legal teams - “Lawyers for Civil Society” and “Law and the Media” - to explore all the possible options, and possible sequence of steps, in case we receive official rulings and have to react legally.  As a reputable organization, PIR Center will continue its activities, defending itself legally, if needed. In any scenario, we will keep our staff members, friends and partners in Russia and internationally informed about further developments, and will be doing so in the most transparent manner possible. PIR Center has always acted strictly in accordance with the Russian legislation. We have also based our steps and activities on our consultative status with the United Nations. The same approach will also fully apply in the future.”

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