October 03, 2022


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.


Suh Dae-sook, pioneering biographer of North Korea’s Kim Il Sung, dies at 90

A major figure in DPRK studies, Suh bridged gaps with scholarship in English and shed light on regime during Cold War

Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor TertitskiySeptember 21, 2022

Why North Korea won’t be mourning Mikhail Gorbachev’s death

Pyongyang views perestroika as lesson against reform, but Soviet leader’s rise shows how change could come even to DPRK

Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor TertitskiyAugust 31, 2022

With military makeover, Kim Jong Un asserts his own power in face of troubles

North Korean leader donning white military garb is gesture that seeks to diminish symbolic standing of his predecessors

Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor TertitskiyAugust 15, 2022

Will the real Kim Il Sung please stand up?

Almost three decades after his death, stories claiming the North Korean founder was an imposter live on

Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor TertitskiyJuly 18, 2022

The Soviet officer who saved countless lives in the early days of North Korea

In the chaos after World War II, Georgiy Fyodorov took decisive action to stop mistreatment of Japanese and Koreans

Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor TertitskiyJanuary 27, 2022

How history can help predict the next 10 years of Kim Jong Un’s rule

Predecessors Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s first decades in power suggest surprises in the years to come

Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor TertitskiyDecember 21, 2021

Kim Yong Ju, younger brother of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, dies at 101

Once the presumed successor to his brother, Kim Yong Ju played a key role in DPRK history but later fell out of favor

Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor TertitskiyDecember 15, 2021

The overlooked spelling error that underscores North Korea’s culture of fear

The country’s highest honor misspelled the DPRK’s name for years, as correcting the party was all but inconceivable

Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor TertitskiyDecember 7, 2021

With ideology of ‘Kimjongunism,’ North Korea’s leader seeks to be his own man

Report of DPRK’s new doctrine suggests Kim Jong Un wants to surpass his predecessors by copying their self-idolization

Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor TertitskiyNovember 1, 2021

When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang

Czechoslovakia played a unique role on the Korean Peninsula during the Cold War, rubbing some the wrong way

Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor TertitskiySeptember 23, 2021
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