What Does Putin Want?
.As Russia prepares to elect Vladimir Putin for another six year term, what does he want?
Major Western powers are united in their conclusion. Russia, they say, carried out the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since World War Two. The attack happened in the English city of Salisbury, where former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent. This Sunday, the Russian people are expected to elect Mr Putin for a fourth consecutive term. So as Russia and the West begin a new diplomatic showdown, what does President Putin want to achieve - for himself, for Russia, and abroad?
(Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin sunbathes during his vacation in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia by Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)
Arkady Ostrovsky - Russia editor for The Economist
Mary Dejevsky - Former Moscow correspondent for the Times
Yevgenia Albats - Editor in chief of The New Times
Vladimir Pozner - Russian journalist
Valentina Levina - Putin supporter
Konstantin Andriotis - Opposition activist