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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Russians Protest Putin's Plan To Raise National Pension Age

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Chinese soldiers display armored vehicles during multinational exercises at the Chebarkul tank range in Russia. Lucian Kim/NPR hide caption

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Russia's Multinational Military Exercise Last Week Was A Dry Run For Bigger War Games

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Russia Plans To Hold Largest War Games In 4 Decades

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Hazmat suits hang next to the canal that leads from Balaklava Bay to the heart of the underground base. Lucian Kim/NPR hide caption

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Now A Museum, This USSR Submarine Base Was Built To Endure U.S. Nukes — And Retaliate

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Putin Offers First Comments On Helsinki Summit Since Returning To Russia

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How The Trump-Putin Summit Is Being Received In Russia

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Latest On Helsinki Summit Between Trump And Putin

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Trump, Putin Meet For 2 Hours In Helsinki

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Trump Tweets About U.S.-Russia Relations Ahead Of Summit With Putin

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Russian matryoshka dolls depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Trump are on sale in the Ruslania book store in Helsinki. Putin and Trump are scheduled to meet on Monday. Timo Jaakonaho/AP hide caption

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Members of a U.S. congressional delegation meet with members of the Russian Federation Council in Moscow on Tuesday. Republican senators met with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on a rare visit to Moscow ahead of a summit between the countries' presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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GOP Lawmakers Hope Russia Visit Sets Stage For 'New Day' Ahead Of Trump-Putin Summit

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GOP Congressmen Visit Moscow, Thaw Icy Relations Before Trump-Putin Talks

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Russia Eliminates Spain On Penalty Kicks, 4-3, After A 1-1 Tie

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National Security Adviser Bolton Arranging A Summit Between Trump And Putin

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