How do you solve a problem like Russia?

Vladimir Putin will sweep to victory in stage-managed polls, a week after the Skripal attack on British soil that Theresa May says is ‘highly likely’ to have been carried out by the Russian government. Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis

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Apologists for a revanchist Russia confuse engagement with submission

Russia’s president is promoting a new generation to prepare for an eventual transition

Moscow could be surprised by the severity of the British reaction

An isolated Britain should muster old allies if Vladimir Putin is to be deterred

Business ties between the countries cannot be shielded from worsening politics

Targeting individuals is likely to be more effective than sanctions against the state

What does Skripal’s poisoning tell us about what to expect from Putin’s next term?

Letter from Michael Harris, Brockenhurst, Hants, UK