Even though the protesters did not return to the Magas square today, the issue remains an explosive one, with commentators discussing what has in fact happened in Ingushetia, where such things might spread, and how the peoples of the North Caucasus should act to avoid continuing to be exploited by Moscow.
In a comment to Israeli television, Avraam Shmulyevich, a specialist on the North Caucasus touches on many of these issues. His remarks thus serve as a matrix into which the other discussions now and likely in the coming days can be fit (
Both regional amalgamation and constitutional reform have been the subjects of the limited Moscow coverage of the North Caucasus, Shmulyevich says, with the latter getting more because any constitutional revisions could set the stage for new arrangements that would allow Putin to remain in power in an entirely “legitimate” way.
The Israeli commentator concludes with the following observation. In the period before the collapse of the USSR, the Soviet leadership made use of “a beloved tactic of the Bolsheviks: first, create a conflict, and then resolve it.” In his words, “sometimes this tactic works and sometimes not.” What will be the case with Ingushetia remains to be seen.