Censor.NET reports citing Bloomberg relying on two people familiar with the matter. The medium notes this is the first time a citizen of Russia will hold this position. Guriev is known as a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin with ties to former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky and protest leader Alexey Navalny. Guriev and EBRD spokesman Anthony Williams declined to comment on the possible appointment.
The London-based EBRD, which was established by Western governments in 1991 to help former communist countries make the transition to capitalism, last year stopped investing in new Russian projects because of European Union sanctions imposed over the Ukraine conflict.
Guriev left Russia in 2013 to avoid possible prosecution in a criminal case linked to funding for his economics institute in Moscow by Khodorkovsky. Guriev, who was questioned as a witness in the Yukos case, was targeted because he was working on an economic manifesto for Navalny, Bloomberg reported. He teaches currently at Sciences Po in the French capital.