Former adviser to the governments of Russia and the former rector of the Russian economic school (NES) Sergei Guriev, who now lives in voluntary exile in Paris, may be appointed chief economist of the European Bank for reconstruction and development (EBRD). About it on Wednesday informed the Agency Bloomberg with reference to two sources in the Bank.

The report notes that a Russian citizen can hold this position for the first time.

Guriev neither himself nor the representative of the EBRD Anthony Williams while this message is not commented on.

EBRD was founded by Western governments in 1991 to help post-socialist countries make the transition to capitalism. Last year the investment Bank has ceased to invest in new projects in Russia because of the sanctions the European Union imposed against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

The mandate of the EBRD stipulates that only those countries “committed to democracy”. As an international organisation, the EBRD enjoys a number of privileges such as legal immunity of the staff.

The EBRD invests mainly in private enterprises, usually together with commercial partners, but also works with public companies to support privatization processes and structural reorganization and improvement of municipal services.

Sergei Guriev, who next week will celebrate its 44 years, the doctor economic and the candidate of physical and mathematical Sciences, Professor. In the past he led the Center for economic and financial research and development, was economic adviser to the government, he joined the Board of Directors of Sberbank, Russian agricultural Bank and Agency for mortgage crediting of housing. The range of his scientific interests – research in the area of corporate governance, labour mobility and corruption.

The scientist left the post of rector at the new economic school (NES) and emigrated from Russia to France in the spring of 2013. His departure he explained to fears of being sued for participating in the examination of the second Yukos case, which recognized the sentence to Mikhail Khodorkovsky unjust.

Guriev is considered a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I’m not going back, even if the chance of losing freedom is not great. I didn’t do anything wrong and don’t want to live in fear,” he said in a written interview with The New York Times in the same year.

In June 2013, Vladimir Putin said that recently learned the name and he does not know whether he had “any transgressions”. “Let is engaged in economic activities where it wishes. If he did nothing wrong, he did not threaten,” said the Russian President at the final press conference of the summit Russia – EU in Ekaterinburg. “No one is expelled, let him live where he wants,” said Putin.

Then Guriev said Putin’s words about “personal” reasons for his departure with a joke: “I personally prefer to stay free”.

At about the same time, Guriev became the only Russian, who was invited to the “secret club of world rulers” – the Bilderberg group meeting which took place in Austria.

October 1 of this year, Vladimir Putin announced at a meeting of the presidential Council on human rights, which claims to Guriev “no one was charged” and that he would be only too glad if the economist “decide to come and work here”. “He’s a smart man, very good specialist,” he added. He also suggested that the departure of Guriev is not associated with politics.

Bloomberg: disgraced Russian scientist Sergei Guriev may become the chief economist EBRD 14.10.2015

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