When World World War II began, he graduated from high school and by August 1941 enlisted himself into the Army as a volunteer.
During that time he participated in various battles in Caucasus and liberation of Poland in 1945. After long years of war, he declined the offer on keeping the career and instead decided to become a physicist by applying to the Moscow State University. Two years later he already got a job there as a researcher at the Atomic Energy Institute which later on was renamed as Kurchatov Institute.
He worked there till 1962 and between that year and 1958 also worked at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen.
In 1962 he decided to change his lifestyle a bit. He moved to Siberia and was elected as a head of Russian Academy of Sciences and also held the same position at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics.
Russian Academy of Sciences. Academy of Sciences of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics.