Michael Birnbaum

Bureau chiefMoscow

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A new law takes away freedoms on the Internet, one of the last places where Russians can speak openly.

  • Jul 31, 2014

Two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, the probe is still stymied by war zone dangers.

  • Jul 30, 2014

An international team does not expect to reach the site until Wednesday or Thursday, two weeks after the crash.

  • Jul 30, 2014

First the wreckage of Flight 17 fell on Lidiya Goryushko’s home. Now Ukraine’s military and rebels are fighting close by.

  • Jul 29, 2014

Locals don’t blame rebels for shooting down Flight 17, and Russia appears to be stepping up support.

  • Jul 27, 2014

A Malaysian plane carrying 298 people tumbled from the sky, onto land claimed by two nations.

  • Jul 24, 2014

The government turmoil comes about as intense battles continue in the eastern part of the country.

  • Jul 24, 2014

The planes were struck in the same vicinity as a Malaysia Airlines airliner that was shot down last week.

  • Jul 23, 2014

The number was lower than the 282 bodies that Ukrainian officials said were recovered from the crash site.

  • Jul 22, 2014

“We never expected people falling from the sky,” she said.

  • Jul 22, 2014

A train with remains of Flight 17 victims finally leaves, and the devices were given to Malaysian officials.

  • Jul 22, 2014

Torez, Ukraine, was already a war zone; now it’s makeshift morgue, too.

  • Jul 21, 2014

Kerry lays out what he calls an “enormous amount of evidence” tying separatists to jet crash in Ukraine.

  • Jul 21, 2014

Rebels are accused of moving bodies from site of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and denying access to area.

  • Jul 19, 2014

The Ukrainian rebels say safe passage will eventually be granted amid disputes over a cease-fire.

  • Jul 18, 2014

A missile downs the jet, killing all 298 aboard, and Ukraine’s government blames pro-Russian rebels.

  • Jul 18, 2014

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev calls them “evil” and says Russian defense spending could rise in response.

  • Jul 17, 2014

The Ukraine crisis prompted new measures targeting major banks and the energy and defense industries.

  • Jul 16, 2014

Separatists claim a role, but Ukraine’s defense chief says their rockets could not have brought down the aircraft.

  • Jul 14, 2014

A cross-border shelling from eastern Ukraine struck Russian territory Sunday, reportedly killing one.

  • Jul 13, 2014
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About Michael
Michael Birnbaum is The Post’s Moscow bureau chief, responsible for the countries that once made up the Soviet Union. He previously served as the Berlin correspondent and as an education reporter in Washington. He has covered the Egyptian Revolution, the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and the Arab Spring elsewhere in the Middle East. He has also worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Birnbaum has a degree in German history from Yale University. He grew up in Chicago.