Russia’s president menaces his people and neighbours
Should the West raise the cost of Putin's malign behaviour? 'His state-of-the-nation speech on April 21st offered only the vaguest of clues. Mr Putin promised handouts for the masses and pain for his enemies. He repeated a conspiracy theory about the West trying to assassinate Alexander Lukashenko, the despot of next-door Belarus. He vowed that those who threaten Russia’s security 'will regret their actions more than anything they’ve regretted in a long time.' As he spoke, his goons rounded up dissidents."
From The Economist