December 05, 2020

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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 buy here.

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Making sense of Kim Jong Un's new position: who is North Korea's head of state?

Confusion stems from a misunderstanding of what 'head of state' actually means

Fyodor Tertitskiy September 5, 2019

Politics and the Korean language: a history of Chinese characters in the DPRK

Both simplified and traditional characters remain in use to this day

Fyodor Tertitskiy July 30, 2019

Why it's time to rethink the looming ban on North Koreans working overseas

The measure, scheduled for December 22, will harm regular people and work against U.S. interests

Fyodor Tertitskiy June 20, 2019

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
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