September 19, 2021

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Andrei Lankov

Andrei Lankov is a Director at NK News and writes exclusively for the site as one of the world’s leading authorities on North Korea. A graduate of Leningrad State University, he attended Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung University from 1984-5 – an experience you can read about here. In addition to his writing, he is also a Professor at Kookmin University.

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The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ

The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ

Song Du-yul acted as an enthusiastic propagandist for the regime and likely held a prominent role in the bureaucracy

The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 16, 2021
The Kim regime’s failed witch hunt against magic and ‘superstition’

The Kim regime’s failed witch hunt against magic and ‘superstition’

Shamans and fortune-tellers continue to operate in North Korea despite crackdowns and punishments

The Kim regime’s failed witch hunt against magic and ‘superstition’
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 13, 2021
Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs
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Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs

DPRK loggers earned exorbitant salaries for decades, and many North Koreans still seek to strike it rich abroad

Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 3, 2021
How North Korea has limited, controlled and surveilled dangerous outsiders
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How North Korea has limited, controlled and surveilled dangerous outsiders

The recent exodus of diplomats from Pyongyang underlines the DPRK’s long-standing suspicions toward foreigners

How North Korea has limited, controlled and surveilled dangerous outsiders
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 5, 2021
North Korea isn’t fretting about a long COVID-19 lockdown
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North Korea isn’t fretting about a long COVID-19 lockdown

Chinese aid will keep regime afloat as DPRK shows little interest in a quick return to pre-pandemic life

North Korea isn’t fretting about a long COVID-19 lockdown
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 30, 2021
Despite signs of crisis in North Korean leadership, regime can weather the storm

Despite signs of crisis in North Korean leadership, regime can weather the storm

Kim Jong Un appears to be having serious health problems, but contingency measures ensure the elite can survive a crisis

Despite signs of crisis in North Korean leadership, regime can weather the storm
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 20, 2021
Where is North Korea heading? Major political rule changes may tell us
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Where is North Korea heading? Major political rule changes may tell us

No mention of Kims, coolness toward unification and revival of communism offer guideposts for next several years

Where is North Korea heading? Major political rule changes may tell us
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 24, 2021
North Korea’s ruling party rule revisions presage trouble at the top
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North Korea’s ruling party rule revisions presage trouble at the top

New first secretary position is likely preparation for death or long-term incapacitation of Kim Jong Un

North Korea’s ruling party rule revisions presage trouble at the top
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 16, 2021
Missiles, money and ginseng: A North Korean spy in the Cold War

Missiles, money and ginseng: A North Korean spy in the Cold War

A weapons factory worker in Kiev was one of Pyongyang’s great spy assets in the 1970s

Missiles, money and ginseng: A North Korean spy in the Cold War
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 3, 2021
Moonshot: Why Moon won’t stop lobbying for inter-Korean cooperation
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Moonshot: Why Moon won’t stop lobbying for inter-Korean cooperation

Joe Biden unlikely to be convinced by Moon to reduce sanctions pressure on North Korea at upcoming summit

Moonshot: Why Moon won’t stop lobbying for inter-Korean cooperation
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 19, 2021
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