November 26, 2022

About the author

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.

More articles by 'Andrei Lankov'

Risky business: How a North Korean woman smuggled and bribed her way to success

Risky business: How a North Korean woman smuggled and bribed her way to success

Kim Mi Sook shunned typical women’s jobs for dangerous but profitable ventures, making it big as a money broker

Risky business: How a North Korean woman smuggled and bribed her way to success
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 9, 2022
How North Korea’s warped history puts Pyongyang at the center of everything
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How North Korea’s warped history puts Pyongyang at the center of everything

Children in DPRK learn that treasonous southerners collaborating with a foreign power led to division a millennia ago

How North Korea’s warped history puts Pyongyang at the center of everything
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 1, 2022
How North Korean police corruption became essential to the growth of markets
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How North Korean police corruption became essential to the growth of markets

Businesspeople pay bribes to police in order to create the space necessary for them to buy, sell and trade their wares

How North Korean police corruption became essential to the growth of markets
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 21, 2022
How North Korea turned a civil war conflict into anti-US propaganda
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How North Korea turned a civil war conflict into anti-US propaganda

North Korea revived a major anti-American holiday last month, spotlighting a gruesome episode from the Korean War

How North Korea turned a civil war conflict into anti-US propaganda
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 8, 2022
How North Korea could control the South without ever conquering it
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How North Korea could control the South without ever conquering it

The much larger ROK is too unwieldy to absorb, but DPRK could still exact monetary tribute and exert political power

How North Korea could control the South without ever conquering it
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 4, 2022
How the private market brought pork to the table in North Korea
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How the private market brought pork to the table in North Korea

When state planning failed to deliver a steady supply of meat, Kim Il Sung handed the reins to private pig farmers

How the private market brought pork to the table in North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 23, 2022
The extraordinarily normal life of a North Korean woman from a rural town
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The extraordinarily normal life of a North Korean woman from a rural town

Move from countryside to career to housewife typifies apolitical path of majority that rarely questions DPRK society

The extraordinarily normal life of a North Korean woman from a rural town
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 3, 2022
Why North Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak won’t be a death sentence for Kim regime
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Why North Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak won’t be a death sentence for Kim regime

Malnutrition and poor healthcare may cause more deaths than statistics show, but mainly among elderly and poor

Why North Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak won’t be a death sentence for Kim regime
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 23, 2022
Why Pyongyang’s top elites still cling to visions of a post-money society
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Why Pyongyang’s top elites still cling to visions of a post-money society

Public distribution of food and consumer goods entrenches North Korea’s rigid caste system even further

Why Pyongyang’s top elites still cling to visions of a post-money society
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 6, 2022
How women run the small business world inside North Korea
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How women run the small business world inside North Korea

Capitalist markets inside the country have propelled many women to be the primary breadwinners of their families

How women run the small business world inside North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 29, 2022
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