Dvorkovich and Lord Jacob Rothschild's London Set
April 29, 2010 • 9:29AM

The network of bungling monetarists and worse who are out to wreck what is left of the Russian economy, have deep London roots, including directly into the Inter-Alpha Group apparatus, through none other than Lord Jacob Rothschild. Arkady Dvorkovich, the top economic aide to Russian President Medvedev, is part of an apparatus of young, British-linked economists, centered out of the New Economic School and the Centre for Economic and Financial Research in Moscow. The New Economic School was established in 1992 to "train a new generation of economists for Russia." In 2000, a group of NES graduates founded the CEFIR, "an independent economic policy research institute," according to their own website. Now, the two outfits have merged and form part of a consortium of think tanks and training schools, led by the Stockholm Institute for Transition Economics (SITE) at the Stockholm School of Economics, and the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. CEFIR is also affiliated with The Global Institute, a larger research consortium, jointly run by SITE and the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Arkady Dvorkovich is a member of the board of directors of CEFIR. Other board members include: Maxim Boycko, Chairman of the Board of Video International Group, a Russian public relations firm partnered with WPP, the London-based multinational public relations and advertising cartel; Erik Berglof, the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), who formerly was the Director of SITE, and was a visiting professor at both Stanford and MIT; Professor Barry Ickes, professor at Penn State University and president of American Friends of NES; and Lisbet Rausing.

Rausing's role in CEFIR is of particular note. Her foundation, the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Trust, now called the Arcadia Trust Charitable Fund, is the only listed source of funding for CEFIR. The Swedish-born Rausing is the heiress to the second largest fortune in Britain (the family relocated to Britain in the 1970s); she is a director of the Rothschild family's Yad Hanadiv fund, which is the largest and most secretive charitable trust in Israel, and lists Lord Jacob Rothschild on the board of her Arcadia Trust. She is vice-chair of the Flora and Fauna Society, teaches at the Imperial College in London, and is on the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, where she got her graduate degree and taught for eight years. She is married to Peter Baldwin, Professor of History at UCLA.

While claiming to be just a simple Swedish country girl, raised in the university town of Lund, Lisbet Rausing owns a 48,000 acre Scottish estate with a castle valued at 20 million British pounds sterling. The Scottish property is held by a Cayman Islands shell company, so the whole family enterprise avoids paying British taxes. Same for sister Sigrid Rausing, who owns a 40,000 acre Scottish estate and also dodges taxes. When the whole scandal erupted after their father, Hans Rausing, sold his 50% stake in the family company, Tetra Pak, in 1996, and managed to avoid paying taxes on his 4.9 billion pound sterling windfall, which made him temporarily the wealthiest man in Britain (since surpassed by Russian mafiosi Roman Abramovich), Lord Jacob Rothschild penned a signed article in the Guardian in 2002, warning that any attempt to tax wealthy expatriots residing in Britain would destroy their ability to lead the charitable world. God save the fondi!