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On Friday, April 1, it became known that Russian troops had abandoned the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, handing over control of the plant to the Ukrainian side. According to a statement by the Ukrainian company “Energoatom”, the abandonment of positions resulted from the fact that the Russian military received increased doses of radiation while digging trenches in the exclusion zone. Other sources do not confirm this information.


On March 24, PIR Center held an expert seminar on the topic “Wars of the future, International Humanitarian Law and International Regulation of the LAWs”. The subject was explored by Vadim Kozyulin, PIR Center Consultant, Head of the Center for Global Studies & International Organizations of the Institute for Contemporary International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Vadim Kozyulin is a Member of the Expert Council on the International Humanitarian Law of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the participant of the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons Systems (iPRAW).


This research paper is devoted to the consideration of the development and introduction of the legal regime of ASAT / space weapons in the context of the history of the development of weapons themselves and initiatives to control them. The goal of the paper is to propose a matrix of initiatives to establish a legal regime for space weapons that can be promoted by Russian diplomacy in the interests of preventing a space arms race.


On March 10, 2022, in the framework of the Valdai Club discussion dedicated to the 52nd anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), "The NPT in the XXI century: does the world expect a nuclear war?" Assistant Director of the Program "Global and Regional Security: New ideas for Russia", junior researcher of the Program "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Alexandra Zubenko and Anastasia Kulikova, an intern of the Educational Program, had the opportunity to ask Igor Vishnevetsky, Deputy Director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry.


On Sunday, South Korea's defense ministry said it had detected multiple rocket launchers off North Korea's west coast. A few days earlier, Pyongyang also attempted to conduct missile tests, which were unsuccessful. Experts from the United States and South Korea believe this could refer to the testing of the Hwaseong-17 ballistic missile, which is part of North Korea's long-range missile arsenal.


The situation around Ukrainian nuclear power plants (NPP) continues to be the main focus of those interested in and involved in nuclear issues. Even though no more Ukrainian NPPs have come under the Russian control over the past two weeks, the international community in particular the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – is worried about the safety of NPPs.


PIR Center conducted an interview with Nikolay Spassky, Deputy Director General for International Relations of ROSATOM. We discussed aspects of Russian-Iranian cooperation in the framework of the JCPOA negotiations, as well as the prospects and priorities of Russian international nuclear cooperation with other countries. 


The personality of Evgeny Petrovich Maslin was so outstanding and significant that even during the period of unprecedented sanctions and the cooling of relations between Russia and the West, leading American and European media publish obituaries about the Russian general. This time, the British newspaper The Times published an article dedicated to a member of PIR Center Executive Board, colonel general Evgeny Petrovich Maslin.


Diplomats and experts increasingly agree that the Iranian nuclear deal can be resumed in the nearest future, although back in early March it seemed that the prospects for restoring the JCPOA were very vague.


"My generation before the time of Gorbachev and Reagan treated the idea of a nuclear-free world as a dream or utopia. Some called a world without nuclear weapons a harmful utopia, putting forward the following arguments: Russia will not be able to ensure its security, war cannot be prevented without nuclear weapons, etc. I consider these arguments dangerous and even absurd. I will be a supporter of a nuclear-free world until the end of my days," - Pavel Palazhchenko, the head of the International Department of the Gorbachev Foundation.