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Head of the Soviet delegation in the UN Atomic Energy Commission A.A. Gromyko introduces a draft convention on the prohibition and elimination of atomic weapons within three months.
19.06.1946

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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. 

08.05.2019

On May 2, more than 40 friends and partners of the PIR Center gathered at the Permanent Mission of Russia to the UN. Among them were heads and high representatives of delegations participating in the third session of the Preparatory Committee of the NPT Review Conference, the world's largest experts in the field of non-proliferation, graduates of PIR Center programs working in New York, young scientists and master students of double degree in the field of non-proliferation.

30.04.2019

"Can it really be true that PIR Center is a quarter of a century old today? It would be a great occasion for a grand celebration, wouldn’t it. But I still cannot quite believe it.

When me and a tiny team of my associates were establishing PIR Center in the spring of 1994, working in a small room on the corner of Tverskaya Ulitsa and Strastny Boulevard overlooking the Pushkin statue in the very heart of Moscow, I could hardly imagine that this great institution would live long enough to see the new century and indeed the new millennium. If someone told me back at the time that it would mark its 25th anniversary in Moscow, Geneva and New York, or that greetings would be pouring in from all over the world to what is now a highly reputable international nongovernmental organization, I probably wouldn’t believe them. After all, how many fly-by-night NGOs have we all seen over the years – here today, gone tomorrow?," Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center Founder.

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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