Konstantin Asmolov

Changes to the Way ROK Law Enforcement Agencies Operate


Aside from attempts to interfere with the work of the Prosecutor General’s office in order to create a team answerable only to the President and his high-ranking corrupt cronies, from 2019 to 2020, Moon Jae-in’s administration undertook a series of actions aimed at changing the way law enforcement agencies in the country operate. Some of these measures seem…

“Peace Girl” Defeats Forgery and Stands Its Ground


Not too long ago, this author wrote about how on September 25, 2020, pro-South Korean activists from Korean Verband put up another monument to comfort women in downtown Berlin and near the Japanese embassy. Under the guise of a sculpture symbolizing the protection of the rights of women victims of wars in Berlin’s Mitte district, another stereotypical…

Yoon Seok-youl as a Potential Third Force in South Korean Politics


On November 11, 2020, according to a poll taken by the agency Hangil Research, Attorney General Yoon Seok-yeol ranked first on the list of potential presidential candidates for the first time, overtaking Democratic Party leader Lee Nak-yon and Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province) governor Lee Jae-myung. Yoon Seok-yeol was…

Verdict in Chun Doo-hwan’s Case is Far From Satisfying


At the end of November 2020 the lengthy court proceedings stemming from attempts made by the Moon Jae-in administration to imprison yet another former President finally came to an end. After Chun Doo-hwan took advantage of political instability in the country to usurp power starting in December 1979, students in the city of Gwangju started to protest against…

Who is Yoon Seok-youl and How did he Become an Eyesore for South Korea’s President


In the author’s numerous articles about high-profile investigations and political scandals in South Korea, he cannot help but mention Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl and his defiance against the Blue House. Hence, the author believes it would be pertinent to provide more information about him and a more detailed…

Will South Korea’s Justice Minister Fire the Attorney General?


The confrontation of the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Korea Choo Mi-ae, who openly defends corruption scandals associated with the President’s entourage, and Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, reached a high point in late November – early December of 2020. From the author’s point of view, it all started when…

The Chinese Foreign Minister’s Visit to South Korea: All Talk and No Substance?


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid a visit to Seoul from November 25 to November 27, 2020. The previous visit of the Chinese Foreign Minister to Seoul took place in December 2019. The official mass media of the Republic of Korea described the visit as “an unprecedented breakthrough in relations between…

South Korea’s Financial Pyramid Schemes: Is its Leadership Complicit?


Only just recently, this author wrote about a high-profile scandal that involved the South Korean Minister of Justice. Up until now, they have generally managed to be “sweep it under the rug”, since it did not entail direct lobbying, but rather a situation that could have been interpreted as a bureaucratic error: due to some delays in processing…

A Reminder of the Events that Occurred on Yeonpyeong


On November 23rd, 2020, South Korea pointed out the “10th anniversary of North Korea’s deadly artillery strike on the South Korean island on the border”, which killed two marines and two civilians, with more than a dozen injured. During a memorial ceremony at the Seoul National Cemetery, Defense Minister Suh Wook vowed to protect peace and prosperity…

Relations Between China and South Korea: The Economic Aspects


Having scrutinized the political aspect of relations between the PRC and the ROK, let us briefly examine the economy’s state of affairs. First, a few general numbers. Over 28 years of diplomatic relations, trade between the two countries has grown 40 times, and in 2019 amounted to $ 243 billion 400 million. In the first seven months of 2020…

They are Cutting the Legs out from Under the South Korean President


On November 6, 2020 a court of appeals in South Korea delivered a verdict against Kim Kyung-soo, the governor of South Gyeongsang Province who is one of President Moon Jae-in’s confidants and closest associates; he was sentenced to two years in jail for conspiring to manipulate public opinion online in favor of Moon in the run-up…

On “China’s Interference in Korean Affairs”


NEO has previously already raised the issue of whether South Korean President Moon Jae-in is a stooge of Beijing. However, the reasoning for such a plan is constantly disclosed by conservatives, and, in the author’s opinion, propaganda stories on “Chinese dominance”, “Beijing Internet trolls” working for Moon, or absolute connivance of the authorities to the actions…

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