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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World War II Soviet Spy Dies At 103. Russia And Poland Remember Him Differently

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrive for a joint news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Jan. 31. Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'No Longer A Friend': Ukrainians Are Losing Faith In The U.S.

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Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Meets With Ukraine's President

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In Ukraine, Public Opinion Sours On The United States

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Putin Surprises Opponents With Cabinet And Constitutional Changes

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Putin Consolidates Power After Russian Government Ministers Resign

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the State Council's meeting at Grand Kremlin Palace on Dec. 26 in Moscow. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images hide caption

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Young People In Russia Are Rebelling Against Putin's Rule

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How Vladimir Putin Has Continued To Remain Popular In Russia

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Prisoner Exchange Is A Positive Sign In Russia-Ukraine War

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News Brief: Murkowski On Impeachment, Philippines Typhoon, Kazakhstan Crash

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Russian Anti-Government Activist Disappears, Only To Turn Up At Arctic Military Base

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