July 25th, 2019

Tiger and Magpie

ДЛЯ ТЕХ, КТО ИНТЕРЕСУЕТСЯ СЕВЕРНОЙ КОРЕЕЙ

УТРОМ Yahoo! News подсунул, и откуда он знает о моих интересах, статью об австралийском студенте, учившемся в университете Ким Ир Сена в Пхёньяне, арестованном и высланном из страны в дни недавней встречи руководителей трёх стран - КНДР, Республики Корея и США.

Alek Sigley was, in many regards, just like any other 29-year-old postgraduate student. But there was one key factor that set him apart: he was studying in North Korea, one of the world's most isolated, secretive nations.

Until recently, the Australian native was pursuing a master's degree in Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University in the capital, Pyongyang. At the time, he was the only foreign student enrolled in that postgraduate program, one of just three students from Western nations at the school and the only Australian in the entire country.

In a twist, Sigley was detained by North Korean authorities on or around June 26, after spending more than a year there as a foreign student. The state-run Korean Central News Agency said that Sigley, who has documented his life in Pyongyang on his blog and for various columns, was caught spying by "systemically collecting and offering data" to media outlets with critical views toward North Korea. The agency said Sigley was deported from the country on July 4 out of “humanitarian leniency," after he "admitted his spying acts" and "repeatedly asked for pardon."

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