Technically, in a bigger picture, every government entity in Russia can be called "Kremlin entity". Had it been a "higher order" the manipulation would have been done a lot more professionally, without traces left by "mid-level" hackers."Individuals" connected to the government are still "Kremlin entities", and for the matter of fact, we don't know for sure why they acted and whether it was a higher order.
There was interesting information published on russian internet, but it was quickly removed. It mentioned the names (or types) of athletes (former active athletes) the data manipulation was trying to protect, who are now holding respectable positions, and don't need a scandal. These athletes are not current, they have a lot to lose if identified and have enough funds to "hire a few hackers" within.
I personally want them identified and found. Because they intentionally endangered the whole Russian sport. It was not about "protecting national pride" but their own butts.
I absolutely agree, that it would only be decent, not to mention more effective in the eyes of the world, to find and punish the guilty parties, by the Russian officials themselves. But "western headings" evil-Russia are not helping. Ganus has the intent to pursue in this direction, hopefully he can.Personally I find your explanation plausible, but in that case I would expect some higher Russian official to get involved and indeed present this argument in the appeal, with the heads of those "individuals" attached as the exhibit. Starting another round of "it's all a conspiracy against The Wonderful Mother Russia" hysteria is counterproductive and doesn't help the cause either.
If the purpose of WADA is "no doping and no cheating" then judging by how "sanctions don't work", they should know that "political elites" as they are perceived, have little control over "various entities" associated with government. WADA should support Rusada in their efforts to make changes.And WADA, as said, does what it can. It can't prosecute those "individuals", so it acts against who it can get, hoping to create the pressure on the "renegade group" connected to the political elites. And it actually might work. Additionally, the requirement now is for "Rusada's independence to be respected without improper outside interference with its operations". Which is easier said than done, but obviously aims at the right target.