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. She is now the chief editorial writer and a columnist at The Independent and regularly appears on radio and television. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham.

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Macho world of men and motors has had its day

Time was when the only place you would find a woman at a motor show was trailed over the bonnet of the latest sports car wearing not very much. Those days are – mostly – gone.

George Osborne described the changes as 'the most far-reaching reform to the taxation of pensions since the regime was introduced in 1921'

Let’s celebrate the Chancellor’s bravery on pensions – now
perhaps the Government can tackle other mighty vested interests

The new system means care costs for older people may be lower than feared

Crimea crisis: We're constantly spitting venom at Russia, but lack a bite to scare the Kremlin

Hague’s rhetoric is in direct proportion to the UK’s incapacity, or unwillingness, to act

President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federation Council in Moscow's Kremlin

President Putin finds his legacy in the fallout from Crimea

In his 14 years at the top of Russian politics, Vladimir Putin has become a past master at the set-piece occasion. But his speech to an enraptured audience from both houses of the Russian parliament in the Kremlin’s St George’s Hall may go down at home as his finest hour. Indeed, it may come to be what he and his presidency are remembered for.

For Putin, sanctions could be a price worth paying in exchange for the Crimea

Is there a possibility that the voters could spring a surprise? A slender one

Three cheers for the marriage tax break

Not because it rewards traditional relationships, because it means less child poverty

Warning: President Grybauskaite at an emergency summit on Ukraine last week

Ukraine crisis: Russia's neighbours are nervous - but the huge costs of intervention beyond Crimea are likely to make Moscow think twice

Despite the fears of small states, President Putin is unlikely to seek to redraw his country's borders

Ukraine crisis: If we treat Vladimir Putin as a leader who wants to grab Russia’s empire back, we will be inviting him to do exactly that

A Cold War bogey of Putin and Putin’s Russia is lodged in Western minds

Russia Today anchor Abby Martin voiced her personal views live on air

Ukraine crisis: One person’s saviour is another person’s conqueror

The images in Russian minds are those of the pogroms and general lawlessness that Ukraine suffered before and after the First World War

Putin now seems to be on the verge of plunging the region if not into World War Three

Ukraine crisis: Nato ‘betrayal’ and Brussels rhetoric pushing Vladimir Putin to act

The popular pressure on the Russian president will be for action, not restraint

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