Lucian Kim Lucian Kim is an international correspondent based in Moscow, Russia.
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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 Activist's Trial Winds Down, Lawyers Say Charges Are Bogus

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U.S. Businessman Sits In Pretrial Detention In Moscow

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Artificial flowers decorate barbed wire fence as Soviet army troops stop in Kabul, Afghanistan, in May 1988. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 to shore up the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. Douglas E. Curran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Many Russians Today Take Pride In Afghan War That Foretold Soviet Demise

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Putin Delivers Stark Warning To U.S. About Missile Stationing In Europe

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30 Years After Departure, Russian Veterans Remember Afghan War

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Paul Whelan, an American accused of espionage and arrested in Russia, listens to his lawyers while standing inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in Moscow on Jan. 22. Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Suspected U.S. Spy 'Is Holding Up Surprisingly Well' In Russian Jail, Lawyer Says

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Kremlin Uses Technology To Get Self-Employed Taxpayers To Pay Up

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Update On American Held In Russia

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Russia Pulls Out OF INF Treaty In Response To U.S. Move

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Pompeo Likely To Announce U.S. Intentions To Withdraw From INF Treaty

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Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro during a meeting outside Moscow on Dec. 5. Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kremlin Rallies To Defend Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

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Kremlin Rallies To Defend Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

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American Held In Russia Is Denied Bail During First Court Appearance

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Russia And Japan Are Still At War — At Least On Paper

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Moscow's Fyodor Dostoevsky Library was renovated in 2013 and now sees some 500 visitors a day, up from just a dozen or so per day in earlier years. The library hosts language clubs, readings, lectures and concerts. Lucian Kim/NPR hide caption

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Once Centers Of Soviet Propaganda, Moscow's Libraries Are Having A 'Loud' Revival

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