There has been much argument about Russia in this space over the last few months. Is it a failed state or a functional one? Is it just like the USSR or is it a different kind of entity? Is it a sinkhole of brutality and repression, or a revived national state groping its way into the 21st century?
Conservative Swede has thrown down the gauntlet over a particular issue raised by other commenters:
So this is my challenge, for all of you who claim that Putin is behind killing hordes of journalists:
Go through the cases you have, then pick your best case, and I will have a closer look at that in a fair and balanced way. Just pick one case. Listing hundreds of names that Putin supposedly killed since 1992 does not lead us anywhere. Pick just one case that you think holds water. With one case we are able to look at it in depth. It will naturally have to be a case where there is at least some public material, preferably more than minimal.
Just one case — but you choose which.
It will be very interesting to see what comes up.
And hey, choose carefully!
[Post ends here. Gentlemen, choose your weapons.]