Yes, you read that right. This has just come out. Front page story. Not only has his life been threatened, but the story also has threatened the lives of his wife, economist Yekaterina Zhuravskaya, and their two children.
For those who do not know who he is, Guriev was the Rector of the New Economic School in Moscow until over a years ago when he was pressured to resign and left Moscow for Paris, where his wife and family have been. Zhuravskaya and Guriev have been visting at Sciences Po.
The immediate cause of this outburst was a speech Guriev gave recently in London denouncing the invasion and annexation of Crimea by Russia. The article stated that this speech "put him and his family in danger." Really. This is what things have descended to.
Oh yes, the article says more. It contains a more general denunciation of him, claiming that his PhD was written by ghosts and that everything he did was funded by US agencies. It is a full court press.
I shall further note that I know Sergei personally, and that I published a paper by him when I was editing JEBO. He has a long and impressive vita, and these accusations are like the worst of the old Soviet Union, completely unacceptable.
I wish him and his family all the best in this very dangerous situation.