Leonid Abalkin

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Leonid Abalkin
Born (1930-05-05)5 May 1930
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died 2 May 2011(2011-05-02) (aged 80)
Moscow, Russia
Nationality Russian
Institution USSR Academy of Sciences
Awards Medal of Honour

Leonid Ivanovich Abalkin (Russian: Леони́д Ива́нович Аба́лкин; 5 May 1930 – 2 May 2011) was a Russian economist.

Biography[edit]

Abalkin was born in Moscow in 1930.[1] He is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of National Economy.[1]

He became director of the Institute of Economics of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1986. He was a member of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR with special responsibility for economic affairs. He later worked as an advisor to Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin, and was the second-in-command of Premier Nikolai Ryzhkov's government. Under Gorbachev he was one of the major advocates of rapid economic reform,[2] with the consultancy of the Italian economist Giancarlo Pallavicini,[3] and in 1998 became a member of the Economic Crisis Group. Most of his published writings concern the theoretical problems of political economy under socialism.

Abalkin was president of the International N. D. Kondratiev Foundation.[4]

Upon hearing of his death, then the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stated:

Mr Abalkin was one of the figures at the origins of Russia’s transformation to a market economy and did much to establish new economic mechanisms. A scholar known all around the world, Academician Abalkin had deserved influence in the Russian and international academic communities.[5]

Honours and awards[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Russian Wikipedia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Soviet Union: Political Affairs". JPRS. 12 December 1989. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  2. ^ L. I. Abalkin, Kursom uskoreniya [The strategy of acceleration] (Moscow: Politizdat): 1986.
  3. ^ First Consultant of the Soviet Government for economic reform during the Ritzcov/Abalkin Government and Vice-president of the International N. D. Kondratiev Foundation
  4. ^ http://ikf2009.ru/index.php?lang=eng The International N. D. Kondratieff Foundation
  5. ^ "Condolences following the death of Leonid Abalkin". Presidential Press and Information Office. 2 May 2011. Archived from the original on 1 September 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 

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