Michael Birnbaum

Bureau chiefMoscow


Russians rallied near the Kremlin where Boris Nemtsov was assassinated, and few felt any optimism for change.

  • Mar 1, 2015

Many expressed fear for their own safety after the assassination of one of Vladimir Putin’s harshest critics.

  • Feb 28, 2015

Nemtsov, who was among leaders planning an opposition rally for Sunday, was shot on a bridge in the heart of Moscow.

  • Feb 28, 2015

Ukraine depends heavily on Russian natural gas and is a key gateway for shipments to Europe.

  • Feb 25, 2015

The dramatic act was a reminder of the stakes for both sides amid new East-West tensions.

  • Feb 24, 2015

Continuing rebel attacks in the east are preventing a withdrawal of heavy arms, key under a cease-fire deal.

  • Feb 23, 2015

Despite a cease-fire, Moscow continues its “land-grabbing,” secretary of state says in London.

  • Feb 21, 2015

Rebels said Thursday they would continue to “purge” their newly won territory of government soldiers.

  • Feb 19, 2015

The president’s call for an international peacekeeping mission after Ukrainian troops retreated from a key hub was a stark admission that government forces can’t repel pro-Russian rebels.

  • Feb 18, 2015

Heavy shelling Saturday called into question the viability of the peace deal that took effect at 12:01 Sunday.

  • Feb 14, 2015
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