His father was born in Russia
For being a guy that ruled North Korea so viciously, it’s hard to imagine that Kim Jong-il lived anywhere else in the world. In fact, the late dictator was born over the border in Russia. According to Time Magazine, he was born Yury Irsenovich Kim in the far east village of Vyatskoye. His father served as an officer in the Red Army before Stalin appointed him to rule over North Korea.