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The USSR and China sign an agreement under which the USSR commits to supplying China with an atomic bomb mock-up, missile and relevant technical documentation. The agreement remained unfulfilled and was denounced on June 20, 1959.
15.10.1957
The Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR approves a work plan submitted by the Commission on Uranium Work.
15.10.1940

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21.08.2019

Amb. Roland Timerbaev – a luminary in the field of nonproliferation, an undisputed authority, a great teacher and mentor – has passed away.


27.06.2019

“Autonomous systems are gradually displacing humans from the battlefield, and in many aspects, this can be a boon to the military, who are exposed to less risk. However, at the same time, humans transfer to artificial intelligence (AI) a part of their powers, and consequently a part of their responsibility. According to experts, neural networks will probably never learn to explain their decisions to humans. This can become a serious problem once AI is involved in such areas as intelligence, data analysis, communications and control, scenario development, and in the long run decision making.” – Director of PIR Center’s Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project Vadim Kozyulin.

12.05.2019

“The latest prepcom has two main opposite results: in two weeks it was not possible to reach consensus among the NPT members and agree on the text of recommendations for the 2020 Review Conference, but it was decided to appoint Argentinean diplomat Rafael Mariano Grossi as the Chair of the Review Conference – his formal appointment will take place at the end of 2019," Adlan Margoev, PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director. 

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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