Michael Birnbaum

Bureau chiefMoscow


Police swept the area the day after Hong Kong’s leader said he is ready to start talks with protesters.

  • Oct 17, 2014

The tete-a-tete in Milan did nothing to dampen a war that has ravaged eastern Ukraine.

  • Oct 17, 2014

“Our politicians have developed a mania of control,” the editor of a prominent independent paper said.

  • Oct 15, 2014

The agreement, reached after talks with Lavrov, was the first sign of a thaw between the two sides in months.

  • Oct 14, 2014

The giant nations sign deals as Russia searches for partners who don’t care about its actions in Ukraine.

  • Oct 14, 2014

The venerable group was founded in the waning years of the Soviet Union to monitor human rights violations.

  • Oct 13, 2014

One bank CEO said he fears a repeat of the Soviet collapse. But Putin shows few signs of backing down.

  • Oct 12, 2014

The exodus may permanently alter the refugees’ home region in Ukraine’s industrial heartland.

  • Oct 3, 2014

The fighting near Donetsk was the worst since a four-week-old cease-fire helped calm the conflict.

  • Oct 1, 2014

Fresh anger rises in cities where Russia once held sway.

  • Sep 29, 2014
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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.
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