What is there then? There are entirely typical features for dictatorships: the complete destruction of opposition media, censorship, harsh suppression of all opposition parties and public organizations, bans on and suppression of mass protests, rising repression, kleptocracy, clientelism and the state swallowing up the economy. However, repression is still selective and done for demonstrative purposes – it is not broad-based – while the regime is extremely afraid of falling ratings and dependent on propaganda. It is fear of persecution that mostly keeps people from taking part in protests, though people by and large aren’t afraid to write on social media and even in person express opposition slogans and criticize the power of bureaucrats. Opposition deputies still have seats in many local and regional representative bodies of government, some of whom have outright condemned the “special military operation.”
Overall, we see an autocracy constantly tightening the screws, but not any fascist or Nazi state. Foreign military adventures for such regimes are often a way to strengthen themselves internally and pave the way for internal political mobilization (for example, Argentina in the 1980s and Serbia in the 1990s) – this merely indicates that the regimes are experiencing major internal problems and have been forced to resort to extreme measures to preserve their power, even at the cost of an obvious adventure.