Andrei Lankov

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Andrei Lankov
Lankov in November 2010
Lankov in November 2010
Andrei Nikolaevich Lankov

(1963-07-26) July 26, 1963 (age 55)
OccupationProfessor at the Kookmin University[1]
Academic background
Alma materLeningrad State University
Kim Il-sung University
Academic work
DisciplineInternational Relations, Korean Studies
Main interestsKorean history

Andrei Nikolaevich Lankov (Russian: Андрей Николаевич Ланьков; born July 26, 1963) is a Russian scholar of Asia and a specialist in Korean studies[2] and Director of Korea Risk Group, the parent company of NK News and NK Pro.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Lankov was born on July 26, 1963, in Leningrad, Soviet Union (modern day Saint Petersburg). He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Leningrad State University in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He also attended Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung University in 1985.[4]


Following his graduate studies, Lankov taught Korean history and language at his alma mater, and in 1992 went to South Korea for work; he moved to Australia in 1996 to take up a post at the Australian National University, and moved back to Seoul to teach at Kookmin University in 2004.[5][6] Lankov has written in Russian (his native language), Korean, and English. He runs a North Korea-themed Livejournal blog[7] in Russian, where he documents aspects of life in North (and South) Korea, together with his musings and links to his publications. He has written a column for the English-language daily The Korea Times for 15 years[8][9] and also for Bloomberg News[10] and Al Jazeera English.[11]

Lankov has been a regular contributor to NK News and its premium research platform NK Pro since 2012. In May 2017, he became a Director of Korea Risk Group, the parent company of these platforms and committed to writing exclusively for the firm, outside of his academic commitments.


  • Lankov, Andrei (October 2003). From Stalin to Kim Il Sung: The Formation of North Korea, 1945–1960. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-3117-9.
  • — (December 2004). Crisis in North Korea: The Failure of De-Stalinization, 1956. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-2809-7.
  • — (2005). КНДР вчера и сегодня: Неформальная история Северной Кореи [The DPRK Yesterday and Today: An Unofficial History of North Korea] (in Russian). Vostok-Zapad. ISBN 5-478-00060-4.
  • — (2006). Быть корейцем (Being Korean) (in Russian). Vostok-Zapad. ISBN 5-17-032481-2.
  • — (April 2007). North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea. McFarland and Company. ISBN 0-7864-2839-2.
  • — (2008). The Dawn of Modern Korea. EunHaeng NaMu publishing. ISBN 978-89-5660-214-1.
  • — (2009). Август, 1956 год. Кризис в Северной Корее (August 1956, A Crisis in North Korea). ROSSPEN. ISBN 978-5-8243-0907-2.
  • — (2013). The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199964297.


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  2. ^ Plate, Tom (2006-08-10). "North Korea's evolution". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
  3. ^ "Korea Risk Group".
  4. ^ Brigid Andersen (24 August 2015). The North Korean soap opera: Expert Andrei Lankov on what's going on inside the rogue kingdom (web-video). Australia: ABC. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  5. ^ Lankov, Andrei (2005-10-31). "Вновь за железным занавесом: Северная Корея двадцать лет спустя". Delo (393). Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
  6. ^ Lankov, Andrei. "Андрей Ланьков". Vostochny Portal. Archived from the original on 12 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
  7. ^ Andrei Lankov's blog about DPRK
  8. ^ Lankov, Andrei (16 April 2017). "A note to my readers". The Korea Times. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Opinion: Columnists: Andrei Lankov". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  10. ^ "Andrei Lankov". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Andrei Lankov". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 1 May 2017.

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