ANALYSIS: Jang Song Thaek’s very public purge

Dr. Andrei Lankov discusses the very public political purge of the once powerful Jang Song Thaek
December 9th, 2013
1

One cannot say that the two year long rule of Kim Jong Un has been tranquil and quiet. As a matter of fact, it has been marked by series of large scale purges – on a scale that North Korea has not seen for decades. Last year was a time when the top echelons of

You have reached your limit of 5 free articles this month. Subscribe today for unlimited access. Prices start from just $2.88 per week
Existing users, please sign in here:

Remember Me

Recommended for You

Meet Mr. X: One of the North’s new capitalist class

Meet Mr. X: One of the North’s new capitalist class

I would like to introduce you to Mr. X, a successful North Korean businessman. Of course, the vast majority of newspaper readers worldwide assume that in an allegedly “Stalinist country” (like Nor…

April 24th, 2014
1
Military Foundation Day shows regime's commitment to armed forces

Military Foundation Day shows regime's commitment to armed forces

This Friday North Koreans will celebrate Military Foundation Day. Military Foundation Day (인민군 창건일) is an annual public holiday held every April 25 in North Korea and is similar to Armed F…

April 23rd, 2014
0

About the Author

Andrei Lankov

Andrei Nikolaevich Lankov is a Russian scholar of Asia and a specialist in Korean studies. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Leningrad State University in 1986 and 1989, respectively; He also attended Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung University in 1985. Following his graduate studies, he taught Korean history and language at his alma mater, and in 1992 went to South Korea for work; he moved to Australia in 1996 to take up a post at the Australian National University, and moved back to Seoul to teach at Kookmin University in 2004. Dr. Lankov has a DPRK-themed Livejournal blog in Russian with occasional English posts, where he documents aspects of life in North (and South) Korea, together with his musings and links to his publications. He also writes columns for the English-language daily The Korea Times.

Join the discussion