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North Koreans Face Repatriation from Russia

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image The North Korean Embassy in Moscow, Russia, December 18, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin Choe Kum Chol, a 33-year-old North Korean military information technology officer, escaped his North Korean minders in July 2021 while working in Vladivostok in far eastern Russia. He was assisted by an activist, also a North Korean escapee, who remotely helps North Koreans in Russia and China reach safety. But in September, Choe was taken into custody and has not been seen or heard from since. Many North Koreans travel to Vladivostok to earn a living. While there, North…

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