Also authoritarians love enacting drastic and "look at me, I'm doing something, unlike the establishment of the past" optically good policies and spin it that way. My sister in law was in reach when Chechen terrorists attacked a theatre, she came back to the UK with nothing but praise for Putin and went on about how great he was. The Russian security services has actually messed up and accidentally gassed the terrorists AND a number hostages to death... but it was spun entirely differently. My mum lived in India when Modi changed the currency, she had nothing but praise because she said "he did it to stop corruption and now people have to reveal their finances, its working". It absolutely did not work to do anything but starve the poorest people but the optics of fighting corruption looks good. Extend this same thing to early Xi in China or Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi- they've gained the public's trust by spinning drastic action in a palatable way.