Michael Birnbaum

Bureau chiefMoscow


The accusation raised political tensions, further eroding a tenuous truce reached in early September.

  • Nov 7, 2014

Latvia’s foreign minister announced he was gay, instantly breaking a barrier in a deeply socially conservative region.

  • Nov 6, 2014

The Russian president knows why oil prices are declining. Hint: It’s not just because of falling demand.

  • Nov 6, 2014

The threat to scrap portions of a truce deal came as the OSCE said one of its drones was fired upon in the east.

  • Nov 3, 2014

The vote was one more step toward establishing an independent enclave in Ukraine’s industrial heartland.

  • Nov 2, 2014

Russia says it will recognize rebel-held elections. Ukraine's allies say that will fuel conflict, not peace.

  • Nov 1, 2014

Residents of the country’s European heart vow to fight on but wish they could just drop the rebels altogether.

  • Oct 31, 2014

The stop-gap bargain averts a winter without heat for Ukraine and its European neighbors.

  • Oct 30, 2014

The unusual incidents over the last two days included finding Russian bombers as far afield as Portugal.

  • Oct 29, 2014

Fighting at the Donetsk Airport shows the gap between rhetoric and reality in Ukraine’s eight-week-old cease-fire.

  • Oct 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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