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Yesterday, on April 18, we were deeply saddened by the news about the death of Vyacheslav Trubnikov, a Russian statesman, army general, Hero of the Russian Federation, Member of PIR Center’s Executive Board, Member of the International Trialogue Club, Senior Research Fellow at IMEMO. He was 77 years old.


During his presidential campaign, the current US President Joe Biden promised to announce that the sole purpose of US nuclear weapons is to deter a nuclear attack on the United States or its allies. However, recent news says that in the new Nuclear Posture Review, the Biden administration has adopted an approach close to that of the Obama administration, which left open the option for the use of nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear threats.


The founder and director of the PIR Center, Dr. Vladimir Orlov, has released a series of stories about the first Russian world cruise, which was realised in 1803-1806 on the ships The Neva  and The Nadezhda  under the command of Yuri Lisyansky and Ivan Kruzenshtern.


PIR Center will hold a Midweek Brainstorming Session - informal expert seminar on "The Possible Role of the P5 in Strengthening Strategic Stability" on April 21, 2022. Can the P5 process go further and become a successful format for discussing strategic stability issues? What mechanisms can be developed for this? What challenges does the nuclear five face? The keynote presentation will be delivered by Sofya Shestakova, a PIR Center intern and a student at Kemerovo State University. The seminar will be held from 17:00 to 19:00 (Moscow Time, GMT+3) via Zoom platform.


On April 12, 1961, the USSR was the first to send a man into space: on this day, the legendary Yuri Gagarin made an orbital flyby of the planet on the Vostok-1 spacecraft. After 61 years, space exploration remains one of the priorities in the policy of leading states. Another dimension of this development is on the agenda – the military one. Space weapons systems are an area in which the most advanced developments are being carried out. Russia's priority in this race is to preserve security in outer space.


"I would like Russia to be a democratic state in 20 years, a country with an exceptionally healthy ecology, a country that does not participate in any blocs, famous for its intellectual and scientific achievements. I want all countries to become neutral, and the issues of territorial affiliation, which now seem so important, would go by the wayside... Power is just one type of work. People do it - then pass it on to others to do something more interesting. What is politics? This is a power struggle. And they don't fight for it there, because they don't like the government. Now the main condition for achieving power is an insane love for her. I have met with many politicians of the first echelon, all of them are in love not with a woman, not with nature, not with creativity - but with power. And I dream of a society that would be indifferent to the authorities," - Evgeny Kozhokin, Doctor of History, MGIMO Professor.


12 years ago, on April 8, 2010, in Prague, presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev signed START III. This is a key bilateral treaty regulating the strategic armaments of the two most powerful nuclear powers – the Russian Federation and the United States.


Today PIR Center has published Evgeny Maslin’s Memory Gallery on PIR Center’s website. General Maslin, a Soviet and Russian military officer, Colonel General (retired), a member of PIR Center’s Advisory Board, passed away on February 26. He was a longtime friend and mentor of PIR Center, regularly participated in PIR Center’s events, authored a number of papers for our publications and maintained a cordial dialogue with the next generation.


On February 28, PIR Center’s founder and director Vladimir Orlov was interviewed by Alex O'Neill, a master's student at the Russian and East European Studies Program at the University of Oxford. The interview was part of the student’s work on a master's thesis on the functioning of the U.S.-Russian Cooperative Threat Reduction Program during the first term of president of Russia Boris Yeltsin (1991-1996).


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