October 02, 2022

Academician Kim: how the Dear Leader received honorary titles from fraudsters

DPRK authorities used questionable credentials to beef up Kim Jong Il's CV

"Academician" is not a common word in the English language as it refers to a concept which does not exist in the English-speaking world. This word is used to describe a full member of an academy - a club whose purpose was to unite the most distinguished scholars.

One of the most well-known examples was the Soviet Union Academy of Sciences. As is the case with its successor - the Russian Academy of Sciences - membership was highly prestigious.