How Gap regimes deal with their critics

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.

It’d done the same to those living in the United Kingdom and possibly United States, too.

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 has previously executed the editors of Tolyatinskoye Obozreniye and Forbes – Russia.

Russia is a gap state. Don’t expect anything better from Moscow, and you won’t be disappointed.

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