Iran conducted a test of ballistic missile Shahab-3 with a range of up to 2 km

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“Training in the morning frees rest of the day - this is our general rule,” – Irina Mironova, senior specialist at Gazprom, senior lecturer of international programs at European University at St. Petersburg, and Dmitry Kovchegin, independent consultant.


“When students, aspiring to become diplomats, ask me whom they should regard as a role model, I say “Sergei Ryabkov”. You demonstrate such a unique combination of perseverance when it comes to defending national interests, openness to a dialogue, gentleness, intelligence, flair erudition, considerable professional expertise and an innate curiosity, inherent in young spirits, coupled with an endearing charm. Happy anniversary!” – Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center Director and MGIMO Professor.


The present occasional paper seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of the key provisions of the Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence and put them into perspective, while also drawing on the 2014 Military Doctrine. The “Basic Principles” is considered as a development of major importance since it is the first time in Russian history that such a detailed nuclear policy planning document is released publicly, and the room for misinterpretation of Russian nuclear policy is narrowed.

Statement of PIR Center’s Founder & CEO from March 18, 2020

MARCH 18, 2020. Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) poses a real threat to public safety and well-being. Europe has become the epicenter of the outbreak. The situation in Europe is getting worse by every hour. Although the situation in Russia is yet relatively safe, the fact that the pandemic is raging along the perimeter of Russia’s borders cannot be ignored. Risks for Russia are increasing.

We as the representatives of the international sphere, by definition are put in a more vulnerable situation due to our frequent movements around the world, and, consequently, are in a high-risk group.

It is of utter importance now to protect your own and your closed ones’ health (especially health of elderly relatives), keep calm, and be guided by common sense.

Since March 18, all PIR Center and our partner organizations employees have been advised to switch to the home (remote/distance) mode of work and minimize movements around the city, especially by public transport.

Workflow at PIR Center is not interrupted. It is temporarily transformed.

All employees of our organization, both administrative and research, are available during the working hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. via e-mails and mobile phones (including WhatsApp), as well as office phone numbers of PIR Center +7 (495) 987 1915; +7 (499) 940 0983 and the Trialogue Club International +7 (985) 764 9896. The requirement for staying reachable on WhatsApp during business hours has become stricter: from a general recommendation to a requirement, since March 18 we switched to communication via WhatsApp as a must for remote work that applies to regular employees, non-staff employees, civil contract staff and consultants.

PIR Center’s accounting office continues to provide uninterrupted processing and effecting approved payments.

The coordination of the remote work process is carried out by the Director of the PIR Center Educational Program Yulia Sych.

All public events of PIR Center and our partners in March are cancelled. All international business trips of employees from now on are prohibited. Employees who are on business trips as of March 18 must self-quarantine for two weeks after returning.

We are acting and will act in strict accordance with the Russian law and regulatory documents, in particular, decrees of the Mayor of Moscow, since the headquarters of our organization is located in Moscow.

These measures are imposed until March 30 inclusive with a possibility of further extension, which I will inform about additionally, depending on the dynamics of the situation with the pandemic in Russia.

Preparations for the International School on Global Security 2020, scheduled for June 6-14, are currently continuing unchanged. Yulia and I will be in touch with our partners, donors, invited speakers, and applicants in case situations changes.

Partial remote/distance work for PIR Center has been a fairly common practice, although it has never been universal before. Therefore, we move without stress to this new, temporary, working mode.

The spread of coronavirus does not erase multiple threats of nuclear proliferation in the world. Both the former and the latter are global threats. We, employees of PIR Center, continue remaining at the forefront of this fight.


Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov

Director, PIR Center

President, Trialogue Club International