[NK News] North Korean student goes missing in Russian Far East in possible defection
On July 12, NK News reported that a North Korean student had gone missing in the Russian Far East earlier this month. The article said that the student may have attempted to escape North Korea, similar to the speculation over the disappearance of two North Koreans known to have ties with the North Korean consulate in Vladivostok last month. Juyeon Ok, a human rights analyst at NKDB, appeared in the article to offer her views on the possible escape attempt.
Juyeon Ok, a human rights analyst at the Seoul-based Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, said Russian police reports on missing DPRK citizens could be indicative of a defection since it shows “even the North Korean officials are unaware of their whereabouts.”