Head of New Economic School in Moscow leaves ‘for political reasons’

502238 Head of New Economic School in Moscow leaves for political reasons

First reports on Guriev’s sudden resignation and departure appeared on Wednesday. The media assumed that Guriev’s move was out of fear of prosecution in Russia in relation to the second Yukos case, in which he had participated as an expert. Vedomosti business daily claims Guriev left Russia out of fear that his negative conclusion on the second verdict for Mikhail Khodorkovsky might leave him with accusations of obstructing justice. According to Gazeta.ru, sources familiar with the situation say that Guriev and a group of other experts face pressure from law enforcers, after they had examined the verdict in the Yukos case in 2011 upon the request of the Human Rights Council. According to the sources quoted by the publication the Investigative Committee intends to reveal whether the experts were financed from Yukos funds or from abroad. On Wednesday the economist wrote on his Facebook page that he’s currently abroad. “Better in Paris than in Krasnokamensk,” he wrote referring to the city, where in 2005-2006 former Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky was serving his prison term. On Thursday the Investigative Committee confirmed to the news agencies, that some time ago Guriev had been summoned for questioning on the Yukos case.The head of the New Economic School did not comment on the reports of his resignation. Neither has the School’s press service, which said Guriev was on a vacation and formally remained the head of the institution. Guriev’s lawyer Ruslan Kozhura confirmed to Interfax that Guriev had been questioned at the Investigative Committee, among other things the questions touched on his expert conclusion in the Yukos case for the HRC. Other opinions suggest that the runaway economist was thus “punished” for his outspoken support of Russian opposition activist Aleksey Navalny, who faces court case over alleged embezzlement. Guriev is a member of the Russian government’s expert council and a member of the personnel policy council of Moscow City Hall. The Human Rights Council earlier summoned Guriev as an expert on the second Yukos case. Guriev said the former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky had been convicted unlawfully.

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Head of New Economic School in Moscow leaves ‘for political reasons’

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