December 01, 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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Why Kim Jong Un likely won’t be appointing any new Vice-Marshals any time soon

Why Kim Jong Un likely won’t be appointing any new Vice-Marshals any time soon

The North Korean leader has not promoted anyone to the rank since Ri Myong Su in 2016

Why Kim Jong Un likely won’t be appointing any new Vice-Marshals any time soon
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy March 27, 2020
Three is a magic number: North Korea’s fascination with triplets

Three is a magic number: North Korea’s fascination with triplets

Three kids all in one go can be quite a handful - but in the DPRK, two's company, and three's even better

Three is a magic number: North Korea’s fascination with triplets
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy February 19, 2020
Eight years into his rule, Kim Jong Un faces grim choices in 2020

Eight years into his rule, Kim Jong Un faces grim choices in 2020

Rising tensions do not bode well for the North Korean leader — or his people

Eight years into his rule, Kim Jong Un faces grim choices in 2020
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy December 16, 2019
Rules are rules: North Korean “democracy,” in theory and in practice

Rules are rules: North Korean “democracy,” in theory and in practice

While the laws could allow for the leader to be removed from office, such a scenario would likely require a major crisis

Rules are rules: North Korean “democracy,” in theory and in practice
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy December 6, 2019
With the century: the extraordinary life and times of Kim Il Sung

With the century: the extraordinary life and times of Kim Il Sung

How Korea, and the world, changed alongside the life of the infamous dictator

With the century: the extraordinary life and times of Kim Il Sung
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy October 29, 2019
Making sense of Kim Jong Un’s new position: who is North Korea’s head of state?

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

Making sense of Kim Jong Un’s new position: who is North Korea’s head of state?
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy September 5, 2019
Politics and the Korean language: a history of Chinese characters in the DPRK

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

Both simplified and traditional characters remain in use to this day

Politics and the Korean language: a history of Chinese characters in the DPRK
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy July 30, 2019
Why it’s time to rethink the looming ban on North Koreans working overseas

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

Why it’s time to rethink the looming ban on North Koreans working overseas
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy June 20, 2019
Why, in North Korea, even birth records can’t be taken at face value

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

Why, in North Korea, even birth records can’t be taken at face value
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy June 13, 2019
The North Korea rumor mill strikes again: the Kim Yong Chol purge that wasn’t

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

The North Korea rumor mill strikes again: the Kim Yong Chol purge that wasn’t
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy June 3, 2019
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