Michael Birnbaum

Bureau chiefMoscow


The Russian president strived for a confident tone in his annual call-in program.

  • Apr 16, 2015

The slaying raised fears of a new wave of violence linked to Ukraine’s showdown with separatists.

  • Apr 16, 2015

“Child 44,” a new thriller, was pulled from Russian theaters because authorities said it made Stalin’s Russia look like “Mordor.“

  • Apr 15, 2015

The Germanwings tragedy that captured the world's attention is being treated with kid gloves at home.

  • Apr 1, 2015

The company’s acknowledgment came after it said last week that it had been unaware of his medical history.

  • Mar 31, 2015

Privacy laws may have prevented doctors from circulating concerns about Andreas Lubitz more widely.

  • Mar 30, 2015

Andreas Lubitz consulted with medical professionals about a vision issue that could have compounded psychological problems.

  • Mar 29, 2015

The manager of a Burger King where Andreas Lubitz worked recalled his despondency after quitting training.

  • Mar 28, 2015

Investigators probe whether Andreas Lubitz’s health — including possible psychological problems — played a role in the air tragedy that claimed 150 lives.

  • Mar 27, 2015

Russians blame Western sanctions for their economic woes, but the true source may be closer to home.

  • Mar 27, 2015
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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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