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Mary Dejevsky is a columnist and chief editorial writer for the Independent.

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Ray Filar is co-editor of Transformation and a freelance journalist.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

An accusation too far

Last Thursday, Pavel Stroilov presented a piece that alleged I had been paid to publish articles in the Independent, and that I published on the instructions of its owner. Nothing could be further from the truth, writes Mary Dejevsky.

Don't get me wrong, Mr Travin!

Mary Dejevsky was surprised when her enthusiastic profile of St. Petersburg governor Valentina Matviyenko in Britain’s The Independent newspaper elicited strong criticism from Russia’s blogosphere. Dmitri Travin’s response on openDemocracy Russia questioned her knowledge of the Russian political scene. Dejevsky's answer to his criticisms is that Russians should beware of reading Western reports through the prism of their own experience.

How to help Russia’s democrats?

The west's embrace can stifle. Russian democrats should turn back, look inwards and think forward, says Mary Dejevsky.

After Putin...

The departure of a president who put Russia back on the world map will be a crucial test of the country's constitutional and democratic processes, says Mary Dejevsky.

Russia: what demographic crisis?

A Soviet-era perspective suggests to Mary Dejevsky that Russia’s current population trends offer grounds for optimism.

The new class society

What have airport queues to do with democracy and citizenship? Everything, says Mary Dejevsky.

Russia's NGO law: the wrong target

The fury of western human-rights groups over Russia’s law regulating NGOs is hypocritical, says Mary Dejevsky.

Germany's travesty of democracy

Gerhard Schröder lost the German election but spent the next three weeks refusing to stand aside. A democratic scandal, says Mary Dejevsky.

Kyrgyzstan questions

What happened in Kyrgyzstan – riot, revolution, conspiracy, geopolitical game? Mary Dejevsky, in Bishkek, probes a central Asian mystery.

The west gets Putin wrong

Is Russia’s problem its president’s strength or his weakness? Mary Dejevsky on the costs of misunderstanding Vladimir Putin.
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