Both Duck of Minerva and Soob have analysis on the police-murder of a critic of Putin in the Caucuses. Unlike functioning but authoritarian New Core states — like Singapore and China, for example — Russia dose not even pretend it silencing critics for endangering state security, passing state secrets, or so on: Putin’s Russia just kills critics.
Again, the contrast of Russia (a gap state) and China and Singapore (New Core authoritarian states) is instructive. Magomed Yevloyev was a critic of a gap state, and so is dead. Gopalan Nair and Lai Changxing are critics of authoritarian New Core states, and so are involved in tortuous legal proceedings.
Russia is a gap state. Don’t expect anything better from Moscow, and you won’t be disappointed.