Tag: Sergei Guriev

Russia Update: Sources Claim Kudrin to Expect Kremlin Appointment; Peskov Does Not Confirm

December 1, 2015

Gazeta.ru has reported sources who claim former finance minister Aleksei Kudrin will be given a post in the Kremlin soon. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. Recent Translations: –The Non-Hybrid War –Kashin […]

Russia Update: Prominent Economist Guriev, Forced to Flee Russia, Named ERBD Chief Economist

November 5, 2015

Sergei Guriev, the former dean of the Russian Economic School, a prominent Russian economist who left Russia in 2013 citing political pressure, has been named as chief economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD). Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the […]

Decree on Confiscation of Guriyev’s Correspondence and Search of Russian Economics School

June 7, 2013

[The expatriation of Sergei Guriyev, a highly regarded Russian economist, was a major story both in the Russian and in international presses last month. By his own admission, Guriyev left Russia because he feared imprisonment after continued harassment by Russia’s Investigative Committee, which searched his office and seized thousands of emails related to investigation into […]

Gary Kasparov Fears Return to Russia

June 6, 2013

Gary Kasparov, leader of the United Civic Front, has decided to refrain from trips to Russia. At a press conference in Geneva, the chess grand-master announced that he is afraid of criminal prosecution in his homeland in connection with the investigation of cases against the opposition. “I went there back and forth right up until […]

Guriev, Sobyanin and the politics of plausible deniability

June 5, 2013

Sergei Guriev has spoken about his decision to flee Russia, stating frankly that he left because “I don’t want to sit in jail.” Guriev, a leading economist once very much part of the Russian establishment who wrote speeches for Dmitry Medvedev, described how the increasing pressure from investigators over a report he had authored criticizing […]

The Khodorkovsky Test and the Future of Independent Thought in Russia

June 4, 2013

It is safe to say that publicly challenging Putin means that you may find yourself facing charges of money laundering, extortion, or the regime’s curiously esoteric understanding of hooliganism. The experiences of Pussy Riot, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and Alexei Navalny have all shown the repercussions that dissent entails. Now, however, it seems that even disagreeing with […]

Guriev Departure: A Worrying Signal

May 30, 2013

The news this week that the prominent economist Sergei Guriev has resigned from his posts and has departed for France—perhaps permanently—is the latest in a series of rumored planned emigrations by liberal public figures such as journalist Masha Gessen. As has been recounted in translations published on The Interpreter this week, Guriev’s resignations and his […]

Seagal, Afghanistan, Syria, and Guriyev

May 29, 2013

– It seems that C-list action star Steven Seagal is now trying his hand at diplomacy. Seagal, coming off of his recent ventures helping Putin promote school physical education and posing with Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov, attempted to organize a Congressional fact-finding trip in the aftermath of the Boston bombings to the volatile republic. As […]