Leonid Sharashkin PhD (Forestry) MPA (Natural Resources Management) wrote his doctoral dissertation on the spiritual, cultural and economic significance of the Russian dacha gardening movement, at the University of Missouri at Columbia.
After receiving a Master's degree in Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management from Indiana University at Bloomington, he headed the Conservation Finance and Economic Programme of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Russia) in Moscow. During this time he also served as editor of Russia's largest environmental magazine, The Panda Times.
Together with his wife he has translated into Russian Small is Beautiful and A Guide for the Perplexed by E.F. Schumacher, The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff and Birth without Violence by Frederick Leboyer.
During the 3-year translation process of the Ringing Cedars Series, Leonid has checked every sentence of the English against the original Russian for the "feeling" content and emotional impact. The English has been reworked until the same powerful response could be felt.