Lucian Kim 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.
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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.

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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This week NPR Moscow correspondent Lucian Kim got vaccinated with Sputnik V, the COVID-19 vaccine that Russian President Vladimir Putin is promoting as the best in the world. Above: Kim smiles (behind his mask) after his shot. Lucian Kim/NPR hide caption

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Putin Hasn't Been Vaccinated With Sputnik V Yet But Our Correspondent Got The Shot

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What It's Like To Get Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine

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Navalny's Arrest Triggers Release Of Pent-up Anger With The Kremlin

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Russians Return To The Streets To Demand Alexei Navalny's Release

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Thousands Of Russians Arrested In Anti-Putin Protests

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Russians Take To Streets For A Second Week Of Protests In Support Of Alexei Navalny

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Protests For Navalny In Russia Represent A Generational Divide

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Biden Has His 1st Conversation With Russian Counterpart Putin

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Russian Protesters Demand Alexei Navalny's Release From Prison

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Mass Protests In Russia Call For Alexei Navalny's Release

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Putin Uses Russia's COVID-19 Vaccine To Increase Its Global Influence

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Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is escorted out of a police station in Khimki, outside Moscow, following the court ruling that ordered him jailed for 30 days. Alexander Nemenov /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Kremlin Critic Detained After Returning To Russia Following Poisoning

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