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Gi Seok-bok

James F. Person

Gi Seok-bok was the President of the DPRK Military Academy before returning to the Soviet Union in 1957.

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Soviet-Korean Gi Seok-bok (기석복), also Romanized as Ki Sok Pok, was conscripted into the Soviet Army in August 1945. He worked as an interpreter for the Soviet Army’s Political Division. Until end of the 1946, he worked with the Soviet special advisors on the formation of the Korean People’s Army. In the beginning of 1947, he was named as the Principal of the military political school and held the chief military title until January 1948. He was transferred to the Korean Workers’ Party Central Committee’s Department of Agitation and Propaganda in February 1948. In 1955, Gi Seok-bok became the President of the Military Academy by order of the Supreme People’s Assembly. He served in that position for approximately one and a half years before being relieved and transferred to oversee a publishing house in the wake of attacks on Soviet-Korean cadres. Gi returned to the Soviet Union in 1957.