Leonid Iskra graduated from Voronezh State University, faculty of history (1971).
Leonid Mihaylovich Iskra worked as a laboratory assistant at USSR History Department of the pre-soviet period of Voronezh State University in 1971-1977. He was an educator, associate professor of Department of the History of Soviet Society (since 1977), Head of the Department of Modern Russian history and historiography of Voronezh State University (since 1998).
He is an author of over 70 works, including the following books: "D.I. Pisarev i ego rol v istorii russkoj obshchestvenno-politicheskoj mysli" (Voronezh, 1988), "B.N. Chicherin o politike, gosudarstve, istorii" (Voronezh, 1995), "B.N. Chicherin o poreformennom razvitii Rossii" (Voronezh, 1999).