October 02, 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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Suh Dae-sook, pioneering biographer of North Korea’s Kim Il Sung, dies at 90

Suh Dae-sook, pioneering biographer of North Korea’s Kim Il Sung, dies at 90

A major figure in DPRK studies, Suh bridged gaps with scholarship in English and shed light on regime during Cold War

Suh Dae-sook, pioneering biographer of North Korea’s Kim Il Sung, dies at 90
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy September 21, 2022
Why North Korea won’t be mourning Mikhail Gorbachev’s death

Why North Korea won’t be mourning Mikhail Gorbachev’s death

Pyongyang views perestroika as lesson against reform, but Soviet leader’s rise shows how change could come even to DPRK

Why North Korea won’t be mourning Mikhail Gorbachev’s death
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy August 31, 2022
With military makeover, Kim Jong Un asserts his own power in face of troubles
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With military makeover, Kim Jong Un asserts his own power in face of troubles

North Korean leader donning white military garb is gesture that seeks to diminish symbolic standing of his predecessors

With military makeover, Kim Jong Un asserts his own power in face of troubles
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy August 15, 2022
Will the real Kim Il Sung please stand up?

Will the real Kim Il Sung please stand up?

Almost three decades after his death, stories claiming the North Korean founder was an imposter live on

Will the real Kim Il Sung please stand up?
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy July 18, 2022
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
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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
Fyodor Tertitskiy
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
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Fyodor Tertitskiy September 23, 2021
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