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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Last December, IC3PEAK's Nikolai Kostylev (left) and Anastasiya Kreslina (right) arrived in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk to give a concert, only to be detained by the police. Lucian Kim/NPR hide caption

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Young Russian Musicians Struggle Under Government Scrutiny

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Moscow's Libraries Are Experiencing An Unexpected Revival

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Vladimir Putin To Answer Questions At His Annual News Conference

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Religious Rift Grows Between Ukraine And Russia

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As Moscow Continues To Gentrify, Its Residents Are Getting Left Behind

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NASA astronaut Anne McClain (from left), Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency successfully blasted into space on Monday morning. It is the first mission since an aborted launch in October. Kirill Kudryavtsev /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to soldiers during a visit to a military base in Chernihiv region, Ukraine, on Wednesday. Russia and Ukraine traded blame after Russian border guards on Sunday opened fire on three Ukrainian navy vessels and eventually seized them and their crews. The incident put the two countries on a war footing and raised international concern. Mykola Lazarenko/Presidential Press Service via AP hide caption

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Russia-Ukraine Tensions Escalate, Ukraine Declares Martial Law

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Tensions Rise Between Ukraine And Russia Following Naval Clash

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Russia-Ukraine Tensions Flare After 3 Ukranian Vessels Are Seized

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The head of Russian military intelligence, Igor Korobov, died after his agency was accused of activities against the U.S. Russian Defense Ministry Press Service/AP hide caption

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Sirota shows off a wheel of cheese with Vladimir Putin's name. He's been saving it especially for the Russian president, but so far has had no luck delivering it. Lucian Kim/NPR hide caption

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In Russia, A Dairy Owner Dreams Of Delivering Cheese To Vladimir Putin

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Russian Police General Poised To Become Next President Of Interpol

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Russian Cheesemaker Benefits From Putin's Sanctions

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