June 04, 2020

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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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Why, in North Korea, even birth records can't be taken at face value

DPRK history is full of powerful men manipulating the past ⁠— researchers must tread carefully

Fyodor Tertitskiy June 13, 2019

The North Korea rumor mill strikes again: the Kim Yong Chol purge that wasn't

Reporters must be more responsible in separating fact from the fiction

Fyodor Tertitskiy June 3, 2019

The great survivor: after 21 years at the top, Kim Yong Nam steps down

News of the elder statesman's replacement marks the end of a remarkable political career

Fyodor Tertitskiy April 12, 2019

How Kim Il Sung broke free from the Soviet Union

Pyongyang deftly exploited Moscow's weakness in securing its independence

Fyodor Tertitskiy March 18, 2019

Contingency planning: who would succeed Kim Jong Un?

The DPRK leader's death could lead to a major power vacuum, though stability would likely prevail

Fyodor Tertitskiy March 14, 2019

What North Koreans learn about Hitler and World War Two

Pyongyang's historians largely borrowed from Soviet accounts — with a few noteworthy differences

Fyodor Tertitskiy February 19, 2019

How an obscure Red Army unit became the cradle of the North Korean elite

Former members of the 88 brigade came to form much of the DPRK's top brass

Fyodor Tertitskiy February 3, 2019

The Ryongchon blast: why one of North Korea's worst disasters remains a mystery

Many believed the explosion represented an attempt on Kim Jong Il's life

Fyodor Tertitskiy January 15, 2019

The cult of Kim Jong Suk: the story of a housewife turned divine figure

Rise in stature of Kim Il Sung's wife came in concert with her son's efforts to become successor

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 23, 2018

Five years since the purge: the rise and fall of Jang Song Thaek

The dramatic arrest and death of Kim Jong Un's uncle remains an unprecedented moment in DPRK history

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 13, 2018
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