Any unveiling is also veiling. No matter how transparent our governments want to be, governments will be selectively transparent.
Regimes like the one in Russia are stabilized by the fact that they have no ideology. There is really no ideological means to attack them.
In 2008, Putin's message was, 'We aren't like a Central Asian republic, we aren't going to build a personalistic regime, we will have institutions.' This is all abolished now. The very idea of a governing party and party career, as you have in China, that didn't work.
It is people's willingness to take personal risks and confront the powerful by daring to speak the truth, not the truth itself, that ultimately leads to change.