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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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Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy walks backstage during the filming of the League of Laughter comedy show on March 19 in Kiev, Ukraine. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images hide caption

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A Comedian Plays Ukraine's President On TV. Will He Become One In Real Life?

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Ukraine Election Preview

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The Unexpected Frontrunner In Ukraine's Election

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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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Kremlin Rallies To Defend Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

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