What the Chinese government are up to:
Prominent supporter of Vladimir Putin dies. A bit of a naughty way to put it, I know. But Solzhenitsyn suffered incredibly and in the end he got a lot of what he wanted: the end of Communism and the restoration of authoritarianism on traditional patriotic grounds. He won on his final throw, with anticommunist liberals his useful idiots.
It’s part of the Chinese project to effect a similar wider national reconciliation without going through the muscial chairs of regime change. Faster, higher, stronger!