May 26, 2024

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Anton Sokolin

Anton Sokolin is the data correspondent at NK News. He previously worked at Reuters, TASS and the Korea Trade Promotion Corporation (KOTRA).

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Wagner Group helped smuggle North Korean weapons to Russia: Report

Wagner Group helped smuggle North Korean weapons to Russia: Report

Russians conspired with DPRK officials in Syria to orchestrate arms transfers, member state tells UN Panel of Experts

Wagner Group helped smuggle North Korean weapons to Russia: Report
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin March 26, 2024
North Korea breached oil import cap, smuggling up to 1.5M barrels: Report

North Korea breached oil import cap, smuggling up to 1.5M barrels: Report

55 countries tell UN that DPRK illegally imported oil at least 87 times last year, while China and Russia dispute claims

North Korea breached oil import cap, smuggling up to 1.5M barrels: Report
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin March 22, 2024
Second Russian travel agency joins rush to take tourists to North Korea

Second Russian travel agency joins rush to take tourists to North Korea

Plans for trips in early June come as DPRK pushes to boost tourism from Russia, while shutting out other countries

Second Russian travel agency joins rush to take tourists to North Korea
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin March 21, 2024
North Korean wig exports hold strong despite overall decline in trade with China
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North Korean wig exports hold strong despite overall decline in trade with China

Expert says slump in bilateral exchange in first two months of 2024 likely due to downturn in Chinese economy

North Korean wig exports hold strong despite overall decline in trade with China
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin March 20, 2024
How North Korea can exploit Russian puppet states to operate in the shadows
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How North Korea can exploit Russian puppet states to operate in the shadows

Breakaway Georgian republics provide haven for sanctions evasion schemes as DPRK bolsters ties with Moscow, experts say

How North Korea can exploit Russian puppet states to operate in the shadows
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin March 19, 2024
North Korea’s trade with China slumps in first two months on fall in imports

North Korea’s trade with China slumps in first two months on fall in imports

Overall trade falls from $257M in December to just $120M in February, but DPRK’s exports more than double on year

North Korea’s trade with China slumps in first two months on fall in imports
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin March 19, 2024
Russian officials, ballet dancers visit North Korea to promote cultural ties

Russian officials, ballet dancers visit North Korea to promote cultural ties

Delegations from Far East and culture ministry mark latest push to expand cooperation beyond arms sales for Ukraine war

Russian officials, ballet dancers visit North Korea to promote cultural ties
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin March 19, 2024
Russia has fired North Korean missiles at Ukraine some 50 times, prosecutors say

Russia has fired North Korean missiles at Ukraine some 50 times, prosecutors say

Ukraine alleges DPRK missiles have struck at least six regions, singling out ballistic missile attacks on Kharkiv

Russia has fired North Korean missiles at Ukraine some 50 times, prosecutors say
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin March 15, 2024
Shady North Korean freighter tied to sanctions evasion visits Russian coal port
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Shady North Korean freighter tied to sanctions evasion visits Russian coal port

Experts say Kum Ya may have engaged in ship-to-ship transfers and is likely delivering illicit cargo

Shady North Korean freighter tied to sanctions evasion visits Russian coal port
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin March 14, 2024
Putin says North Korea doesn’t need Russian nukes, downplaying cooperation

Putin says North Korea doesn’t need Russian nukes, downplaying cooperation

Russian leader adds that Moscow doesn’t seek DPRK soldiers to fight in Ukraine, amid allegations of arms transfers

Putin says North Korea doesn’t need Russian nukes, downplaying cooperation
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin March 13, 2024
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