This is a favorite Soviet trick.
1. Create a problem.
2. Let everybody enjoy the consequences.
3. Ever so slightly reduce the pressure created by the problem.
4. Brag to the skies about how wonderful you are for solving such a terrible problem.
5. Rely on the complete control you have over the media to prevent anybody from mentioning that you created the problem in the first place and it still exists.
It’s funny how absolutely lacking in imagination, how sad, old and boring these people and their tricks are.