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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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

Why the death of Kim Il Sung’s wife is unlikely to cause much turbulence

Absent role in state media for several decades, death of Kim Song Ae unlikely to have much impact

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 11, 2018

How the Kim cult of personality came to dominate North Korean life

The DPRK's leader-worship may be the most pervasive in human history

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 7, 2018

Learning the lessons of Libya: North Korea and Gaddafi

State media appears divided on the importance of Tripoli's 2003 disarmament

Fyodor Tertitskiy November 22, 2018

How North Korea got its (official) name

The "DPRK" moniker has its origins in the factionalism of the 1940s

Fyodor Tertitskiy November 21, 2018

How Kim Il Sung became North Korea's Great Leader

The DPRK's chaotic early days saw the USSR lay the groundwork for decades of autocratic rule

Fyodor Tertitskiy November 5, 2018

A survivor, a princeling, and an outsider: the Politburo Standing Committee

This unusual triad of high-ranking officials serve as some of the leader's top advisers

Fyodor Tertitskiy November 1, 2018

How North Korea celebrates its Party Foundation Day

What should we expect from today's holiday?

Fyodor Tertitskiy October 9, 2018
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