Sergei Guriev receives on the first floor of the rue Saint-Guillaume, in a large sunny office, overlooking the interior garden. Like so many other brilliant dissident Russians, the head of education and research at Science Po has put his suitcase far from his country, as if 2023 were repeating 1923. Guriev was born on the southern fringes of Russia, in North Ossetia. He often changed addresses within the huge federation, before landing in Moscow in the late 1980s to study science at the Institute of Physics. The fall of the Wall changed its vocation. He became passionate about economics and joined the first free, privately funded university.
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On a shelf is a picture of Barack Obama and Guriev in 2009, both standing in front of the desk of a university auditorium. "This was the last visit and speech of an American president to Russia, he had come to talk about peace and nuclear disarmament.
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