In 1972 professor Bolonkin was arrested by the notorious Soviet Secret Police (KGB) because he had been discovered reading forbidden political literature about freedom and democracy and had been monitored listening to "Voice of America". For more than 15 years, the vicious YGB torturers in various special prisons, concentration camps, and in exile in utterly miserable Siberia.
In 1988 the Soviet authority allowed him to leave the USSR. Following his arrival in the United States in 1988, he lectured at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and worked as a Senior Researcher at NASA and the US Air Force Research Laboratories.
Bolonkin is the author of more than 180 scientific articles and books and has 17 inventions to his credit.