Lucian Kim

International Correspondent, Moscow, Russia

Lucian Kim is NPR's international correspondent based in Moscow. He has been reporting on Europe and the former Soviet Union for the past two decades.

Before joining NPR in 2016, Kim was based in Berlin, where he was a regular contributor to Slate and Reuters. As one of the first foreign correspondents in Crimea when Russian troops arrived, Kim covered the 2014 Ukraine conflict for news organizations such as BuzzFeed and Newsweek.

Kim first moved to Moscow in 2003, becoming the business editor and a columnist for the Moscow Times. He later covered energy giant Gazprom and the Russian government for Bloomberg News. When anti-government protests broke out in Moscow in 2011, he started a blog. In the following years he blogged about his travels to Chechnya and to Sochi, site of the 2014 Olympics.

Kim started his career in 1996 after receiving a Fulbright grant for young journalists in Berlin. There he worked as a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and the Boston Globe, reporting from central Europe, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and North Korea.

He has twice been the alternate for the Council on Foreign Relations Edward R. Murrow Fellowship.

Kim was born and raised in Charleston, Illinois. He earned a bachelor's degree in geography and foreign languages from Clark University, studied journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, and graduated with a master's degree in nationalism studies from Central European University in Budapest.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (far right) attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on Thursday. Shoigu announced the use of 162 Russian weapons in Syria on the eve of the Defenders of the Fatherland national holiday, celebrated in Russia on Thursday in honor of the nation's military. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP hide caption

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Russian Defense Minister Says His Military Has Tested 162 Weapons In Syria

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One of the few women's shelters serving Moscow sits on the edge of a monastery an hour's drive from the city center. Lucian Kim/NPR hide caption

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Rights Advocates Warn Russian Domestic Abuse Law Will 'Protect The Oppressor'

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Russians React To Trump Aides' Reported Links To Russia

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Russian President Signs Law To Decriminalize Domestic Violence

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Russia Denies Reports Of Contact With Trump Campaign

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View From Russia: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Resigns

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Russian Opposition Leader Found Guilty Of Embezzlement

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"We're not expecting a road covered with roses in our bilateral relations, though clearly there's a window of opportunity," Konstantin Kosachyov told a group of academics and former diplomats in Moscow this week. Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters hide caption

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Hopes Are High In Russia For Improved Relations With U.S. 'Pragmatic Partners'

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President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House, Jan. 28, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Also pictured, from left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Press Secretary Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Speaks With Putin In Saturday Phone Call

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Russian Security Expert Maintains Putin Was Behind DNC Hack

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Russian President Attempts To Court Trump Through Fighting ISIS

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Mexico, Russia And China Anticipate Changed U.S. Relations Under Trump

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Russians Await Donald Trump's Inauguration With Anticipation

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Thomas Graham, a former U.S. diplomat and the managing director of Kissinger Associates, Inc., says the focus when dealing with the Kremlin should be on "opening diplomatic channels and reducing the risk of unwanted confrontation." Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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