Sergei Guriev has left Russia. Guriev, the Dean of Moscow’s New School of Economics, is Russia’s most respected economist with a deserved international reputation for his publications on contract theory and political economy. The New Economic School, which he heads, is the leading school of economics in Russia and remarkably among the best in Europe. Its small MA and BA programs attract Russia’s best young minds, and its graduates teach in top economics departments in the United States and Europe and occupy leading positions in government and business. The New Economic School has the beginnings of the Russian Harvard – a private institution in a sea of state universities that has made its own way through hard work, brilliance, and a superior educational program.