Mary Dejevsky is a leading British commentator on international affairs in general and Russia in particular, where she frequently takes a view counter to the establishment consensus. She writes a weekly column for The Independent of London and contributes regularly to The Guardian and many other UK and international publications. She is a sought-after panellist for broadcast discussion programmes and public debates.
She graduated from Oxford University in Russian and German and joined the BBC World Service. She was Moscow correspondent for The Times of London during the collapse of the Soviet Union, before moving to The Independent, where her positions included comment editor, Paris correspondent and US bureau chief (1997-2001). She is a member of the Valdai Club, invited since 2004 to meet Russian leaders each autumn, and a member of the British foreign affairs think-tank, Chatham House. She is a past honorary research fellow at the University of Buckingham (UK) and recently joined the advisory board of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London.