Russian Deputy PM Dvorkovich plans to meet with economist Guriev in Paris

Sergei Guriev file photo

(Interfax – PARIS. June 11, 2013) Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich plans to meet with former head of the Moscow-based New Economic School Sergei Guriev in Paris on Wednesday.

Guriev recently announced that he did not plan to return to Russia from France, where he was on vacation.

“I have known Sergei for a long time, we are friends, and I studied together with his wife Ekaterina Zhuravskaya. I hope we will meet and discuss this matter once again tomorrow,” Dvorkovich said to journalists.

Arkady Dvorkovich file photo

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Dvorkovich stressed that he respects Sergei Guriev as an economist and head of the New Economic School. “I surely don’t censure him. Sergei was brilliant as head of the NES. I consider the NES the best economic college, this is a school with the strongest economists, who are even better than those at the Academy of Sciences. I regret Sergei’s decision, but everyone has their own circumstances,” he said.

A number of projects on developing the NES are still under way together with Guriev, Dvorkovich said. “We will continue to explore this theme and develop the school. I hope his decisions will not have a negative effect on the implementation of this project,” he said.