Mary Dejevsky

One of the country’s most respected commentators on Russia, the EU and the US, Mary Dejevsky has worked as a foreign correspondent all over the world, including Washington, Paris and Moscow. A former diplomatic editor and chief leader writer at The Independent, she now writes a weekly column and makes regular contributions to UK and international radio and television. She is a member of the international foreign affairs think-tank, Chatham House, the Valdai Group of international Russia specialists and the Franco-British Council. She also sits on the advisory board of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London.

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Canary Wharf rises above an area of council housing in Tower Hamlets

The real victims of London's housing aren't the poor, but the squeezed middle

Callous though it sounds, it is rank extravagance to spend a lot of public money enabling jobless poor people to remain in expensive areas

Jess Asato instructs her team in Norwich North

General Election 2015: Jess Asato - the candidate for Norwich North who could give Labour the majority it needs

Mary Dejevsky spends a day with an energetic candidate juggling political ambition with a 17-week-old daughter

General Election 2015: E-voting, PR and other ways to shake up future elections

I know all the objections to such ideas, but the health of our democracy is too important for changes not to be made

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General Election 2015: Could Kensington and Chelsea become the unlikeliest of gains for Labour?

Traditionally a Tory stronghold, Ed Miliband's party has the seat in its sights

Migrants rescued in recent days originated from countries in the Horn of Africa, Subsaharan Africa and West Africa

Isn’t it time Europe was honest with itself about migrants?

We need to radically rethink our approach and do our best to save more lives

Miliband boards his General Election battle bus for the first time

Can someone please tell me where this election is happening?

Voters deserve better. For a start, it would be nice to know where the battle buses are actually going

Richard II (left) and Prince Charles (right)

One by one, the final remains of the British monarchy's power are being buried

Past and future kings are now where they should be – in the hands of the people

Dmitry Kovtun, one of the two men accused of murdering the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko

Alexander Litvinenko murder inquiry: Suspect’s evidence could radically change the final outcome

Dmitri Kovtun’s 11th-hour request to testify could drastically change the inquiry's results

Tunisia shooting: It was clear from my recent visit where country's problems lay

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Beaten: Boris Berezovsky after losing his lawsuit against Roman Abramovich. Soon afterwards, he wrote his first begging letter to Putin

The weird world of Boris Berezovsky: Alexander Litvinenko's inquest has provided an intriguing insight into the dead tycoon

The Litvinenko inquest has a gripping subplot: the extraordinary life and death of Boris Berezovsky. After sitting through hours of evidence, Mary Dejevsky reveals a new portrait of the oligarch who became an enemy of the Russian state
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