July 07, 2022

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Fyodor Tertitskiy

Fyodor Tertitskiy is a leading researcher at Seoul’s Kookmin University. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Seoul National University, and is author of “North Korea before Kim Il Sung,” which you can buy here.

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The Soviet officer who saved countless lives in the early days of North Korea

The Soviet officer who saved countless lives in the early days of North Korea

In the chaos after World War II, Georgiy Fyodorov took decisive action to stop mistreatment of Japanese and Koreans

The Soviet officer who saved countless lives in the early days of North Korea
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy January 27, 2022
How history can help predict the next 10 years of Kim Jong Un’s rule

How history can help predict the next 10 years of Kim Jong Un’s rule

Predecessors Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s first decades in power suggest surprises in the years to come

How history can help predict the next 10 years of Kim Jong Un’s rule
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy December 21, 2021
Kim Yong Ju, younger brother of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, dies at 101

Kim Yong Ju, younger brother of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, dies at 101

Once the presumed successor to his brother, Kim Yong Ju played a key role in DPRK history but later fell out of favor

Kim Yong Ju, younger brother of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, dies at 101
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Fyodor Tertitskiy December 15, 2021
The overlooked spelling error that underscores North Korea’s culture of fear

The overlooked spelling error that underscores North Korea’s culture of fear

The country’s highest honor misspelled the DPRK’s name for years, as correcting the party was all but inconceivable

The overlooked spelling error that underscores North Korea’s culture of fear
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy December 7, 2021
With ideology of ‘Kimjongunism,’ North Korea’s leader seeks to be his own man

With ideology of ‘Kimjongunism,’ North Korea’s leader seeks to be his own man

Report of DPRK’s new doctrine suggests Kim Jong Un wants to surpass his predecessors by copying their self-idolization

With ideology of ‘Kimjongunism,’ North Korea’s leader seeks to be his own man
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy November 1, 2021
When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang

When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang

Czechoslovakia played a unique role on the Korean Peninsula during the Cold War, rubbing some the wrong way

When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy September 23, 2021
The man that might have saved North Korea and Afghanistan

The man that might have saved North Korea and Afghanistan

Aleksandr Puzanov was Moscow’s diplomat in Pyongyang and Kabul as both countries tipped over the precipice

The man that might have saved North Korea and Afghanistan
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy August 17, 2021
Kim Jong Un’s grave-robbing promotion is his biggest mistake yet
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Kim Jong Un’s grave-robbing promotion is his biggest mistake yet

The North Korean leader is committing ideological heresy by taking Kim Jong Il’s general secretary position

Kim Jong Un’s grave-robbing promotion is his biggest mistake yet
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy January 12, 2021
Kim Yo Jong demoted: Why the North Korean leader’s sister is down, but not out

Kim Yo Jong demoted: Why the North Korean leader’s sister is down, but not out

Kim family members have been demoted in the past, only to resurface a few years later

Kim Yo Jong demoted: Why the North Korean leader’s sister is down, but not out
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy January 11, 2021
Nine years ago, Kim Jong Un took power. Here’s what changed in 2020. 
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Nine years ago, Kim Jong Un took power. Here’s what changed in 2020. 

North Korea underwent several drastic adjustments this year — some of which were state-sponsored, some of which were not

Nine years ago, Kim Jong Un took power. Here’s what changed in 2020. 
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Fyodor Tertitskiy December 17, 2020
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