The cycle of conferences is named "Leontief Readings" in honour of the Nobel Prize Winner in Economics Wassily Leontief, who gave his name to the Leontief Centre, the organizer of the readings.
Every year in February the conference brings together leading Russian and foreign scientists, politicians, experts, discussing the theoretical concepts of the social sciences, problems of economic development and political and economic transformation of Russia. The main target audience of the conference, is the scientific, business and information community of Russia and St. Petersburg.
The XХ Annual International Conference “Leontief Readings” – “REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND REGIONAL POLICIES” –
was held on September 10-11, 2021 in the conference hall of the Leontief Centre, St. Petersburg.
In February 2005 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Wassily Leontief the Public Committee on Awarding at the Leontief Centre decided to establish the International Leontief Medal in nomination "For Contribution to Economic Reforms".
The Ceremony of Awarding the laureates 2020 with the International Leontief Medal "For Contribution to Economic Reforms" took place on September 11, 2021 in the Parade Pavilion of the Peter and Paul Fortress. The laureates 2020 are: Evsey Gurvich, Academic Supervisor of the Economic Expert Group, Senior Research Fellow of the Financial Research Institute of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and Oraz Zhandosov, Director of the Center for Economic Analysis “Rakurs”, Chairman of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1996-1998), Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1999).