Michael Birnbaum

Bureau chiefMoscow


The move is a sign of limits on the social network's ability to be a platform for opposition movements.

  • Dec 20, 2014

After Crimea, the Russian president’s approval ratings are sky-high. But the West is newly united against him.

  • Dec 20, 2014

The Russian president promised better times but warned the West not to try to “chain” Russia.

  • Dec 18, 2014

Russia’s ruble stabilized Wednesday, but declining living standards promise an uncertain future.

  • Dec 17, 2014

Vladi­mir Putin’s basic bargain with Russian voters — unchallenged power for economic prosperity — is in danger of unraveling.

  • Dec 16, 2014

5 questions answered about Russia’s plunging currency

  • Dec 16, 2014

Russia’s deepening economic troubles could spur efforts to end the uprising by pro-Moscow rebels.

  • Dec 12, 2014

Russia needs India more than India needs it. And President Obama also is knocking on New Delhi’s front door.

  • Dec 10, 2014

Watchdog agency warns news and entertainment Web site over its Chechnya coverage.

  • Dec 6, 2014

The violence in the Chechen capital conjured up memories of the worst years of the conflict during the 1990s.

  • Dec 4, 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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