From the Communist foundry to the top of IMF

My comment following The Times article “Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva emerges as sole contender for IMF’s top job”, 10 September 2019.


Georgieva obtained MA in political economy and sociology from the Karl Marx Institute of Higher Economics in Sofia in 1976. This was the foundry of top Communist cadres. She obtained a PhD from the same institution in 1986.

Georgieva wrote in her official CV, which was available at one of EU websites, that she graduated from the University of National and World Economy. However, the Karl Marx name was dropped and replaced in 1990. Anyone graduating before 1990 had Karl Marx on their diploma.

These institutions were Communist not just in name. They carefully selected their students. The control was full. Thus, Georgieva’s education and PhD were clearly Communist.

In her CV, she boasts of having authored more than hundred publications. A quick check in the Scopus author database reveals eight publications carrying her name, with a total of six citations.
Most of these were the result of her bureaucratic and political function in the EU and were not the result of research.

It is reasonable to assume that she does not have to bring her own laptop to her current job at the World Bank. I wasn’t so lucky. When I worked at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, I had to bring my own laptop to work. The university would not provide me with one. The difference between me and Georgieva lies in the fact that I come from a family persecuted by the Communists in Poland and I obtained my PhD in the United States (University of Florida) in 1995.

In 2015, my wife and I were both fired from our jobs. She worked with great success as a pianist and piano teacher at the State School of Music in Zielona Góra, Poland. She is a granddaughter of Aleksander Głuchowski, a Polish officer who fought in WWII from the first days of September 1939. He was imprisoned by the Communist secret police after his return to Poland from the UK in 1947.

We did not agree to lying, falsifying results of student examinations. We wrote critical letters to the top authorities.

I presume Georgieva did not have such problems.