Michael Birnbaum

Bureau chiefMoscow


In a victory for the Kremlin, ex-communist nations find the door to Europe has slammed in their faces.

  • May 22, 2015

The maneuvers reflect NATO’s concerns about Russia’s muscular approach to its neighbors.

  • May 16, 2015

Still, the talks represent a high-profile attempt to thaw relations, which have worsened since the Ukraine conflict.

  • May 12, 2015

The Soviet Union was friends with Nazi Germany before they were enemies. And Putin’s okay with that.

  • May 11, 2015

Remembrance mixed with modern-day politics as tanks rolled through Red Square.

  • May 9, 2015

Kim Jong Un’s decision not to visit Moscow this week underscores the flimsiness of new ties.

  • May 5, 2015

Last week’s elections may have been the nation’s final peaceful vote amid rising fears of coming ethnic strife.

  • May 2, 2015

If you’re going to twerk in Russia, don’t do it next to a World War II memorial.

  • Apr 27, 2015

Kazakhstan on Sunday ratified the rule of its longtime leader amid questions about the future.

  • Apr 26, 2015

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

  • Apr 16, 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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