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First off, I was countering your example of WHY you were labeling it a dictatorship there - if Russia is a dictatorship for holding foreigners more accountable than their own citizens, then the US and nearly every country on Earth is a dictatorship.
But to be technical here, no, Russia is not a "dictatorship". You can talk about Russia being corrupt, but they hold elections and they vote people into power. Whether those elections are rigged, well, sufficient evidence would be needed to determine this and I don't think the US or anyone on this board (including me) can determine that.
Again, I wasn't saying Griner is what makes them a dictatorship. I was saying they actually are a dictatorship and this is why you don't travel and break laws in a country that is ruled by a dictator. Punishing those who break your laws does not make you a dictatorship, but they are literally a dictatorship so the consequences will be whatever they need to be in order to achieve a single person's end goals.
Do you need them to send out a formal announcement to world that they are dictatorship? Of course they're going to pretend like they aren't and hold "elections". Putin and the oligarchs run that country and they don't have to worry about any opposition to their goals. Putin is believed to secretly be the worlds wealthiest person and if you have any doubt about that then just google "Putin's Palace". How does he get that money? By force, that's how. He permits the oligarchs to exploit the entirety of the Russian populace in exchange for a hefty slice of their spoils.
It's an internet joke that anyone who opposes him is going to fall out of a window, but it actually happens. Look what happened to the last guy that challenged Putin publicly. He was poisoned with a nerve agent that they saturated his underwear with. He survived and now he's in a Russian prison rotting away.
As an American, that is a country I would never set foot in and if I were forced to go there for whatever reason, I definitely wouldn't be crossing the border with anything. I've heard there's some beautiful sights in St. Petersburg and whatnot, but I would never go.