Peter Hitchens: Thoughts on Vladimir Putin

In a 23-year career at the Daily Express, Mr Hitchens served as a foreign correspondent in both Moscow and Washington before becoming one of the paper’s leading columnists. Since 2000, Mr Hitchens has written a weekly column for the Mail on Sunday. He has been described as "a forceful, tenacious, eloquent and brave journalist” and was awarded the Orwell Prize in 2010.