July 10, 2020

About the author

Fyodor Tertitskiy

Fyodor Tertitskiy is a senior 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 buy here.

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Bold acts of resistance in North Korea

A few brave stands against Kim regime have been taken, but have ended badly

Fyodor Tertitskiy March 13, 2015

Ice Age: Drugs in North Korea

The narcotics trade spreads, with consequences for the North and for China

Fyodor Tertitskiy March 9, 2015

Songbun and the five castes of North Korea

Source indicates that social classification system has more classes – and criteria – than previously thought

Fyodor Tertitskiy February 26, 2015

Color brings Kim Il Sung-era pictures to life

Looking only at black-and-white photos can leave viewers with stale impression of history

Fyodor Tertitskiy February 20, 2015

Why Kim doesn't love Hitler, and why this matters

Crude rumors to demonize Pyongyang will backfire, and will ultimately strengthen the regime

Fyodor Tertitskiy February 11, 2015

The hollow, vacant nature of Juche

What does the philosophy attributed to Kim Il Sung teach? Who actually wrote it?

Fyodor Tertitskiy February 2, 2015

The ill-fated Sinuiju special region

Proposed special autonomous region would have brought a little bit of Macau onto North Korean soil

Fyodor Tertitskiy January 27, 2015

Leader, Sun, Mentor, Guide: How North Korean leaders choose their titles

Great care is taken to give North Korea’s supreme leadership a sufficiently exalted set of monikers

Fyodor Tertitskiy January 19, 2015

North Korea’s passports, and how they use them

Yes, the North has passports, and has them for more than one type of visit abroad

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 29, 2014

The boundaries of identity on the NK-China border

Those benefitting most now would be most disenfranchised in the event of unification

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 26, 2014