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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A guard attempts to arrest an Ayda Ukrainian fighter during a protest in Kiev on Monday (AFP/Getty)

The more the West sees the Ukraine crisis as another Cold War the worse it will get

The talk – especially coming out of the US – is increasingly disturbing

Marina Litvinenko, the widow of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, leaves the High Court after the opening of the inquiry into his death

Laying the blame for Litvinenko’s death at Putin’s door is an orthodoxy that needs challenging

There is far more to this saga, and it is already emerging from the inquiry

Isis conference: International co-operation can only work if all the key players are invited, and that means Russia

The crisis in Ukraine is confusing minds in the West

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His presence is a sign of the event’s degeneration

In a media age, the public will judge Cameron as ‘frit’ if he doesn’t debate

Voters deserve to see each political contender have their claims tested

Times have changed – and Tony Blair is very much behind them

New Labour’s policies have reached the limit of their electoral acceptability

A 'brutal clarity' emerges from show trial of Vladimir Putin's arch-enemy Alexei Navalny

The Kremlin doesn't want him to become a martyr to the anti-corruption cause, but nor do they want to leave him free to campaign

at 28, Austria's Sebastian Kurz is the youngest foreign minister in the EU

World leaders in their 30s? Change is in the air and we’d better get used to it

A new generation is shaking up the way politics is conducted

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow

Putin speech: President says Russian bear 'won't be chained' by the West as he warns of tough two years ahead

Vladimir Putin’s annual press extravaganza held out hopes for a thawing of relations, but his colourful use of a Cold War stereotype risks eclipsing his conciliatory signals on Ukraine and regional security

Vladimir Putin, pictured during a meeting in Moscow's Kremlin, on Tuesday

Omens look bleak for Vladimir Putin: Can the president ride out the storm?

As the Russian government raises interest rates to combat falling oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine, Mary Dejevsky wonders how far the rouble will fall and whether the Russian president can ride out the storm

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