The authorities have not yet announced any arrests and have not offered their usual explanations that the threats came from abroad, typically from Ukraine. But it is entirely possible that they will do so soon. But their inability to stop this plague will only further increase fears among the population that the situation is spinning out of control.
It is of course possible that the powers that be will seek to exploit this situation to impose even more draconian controls on Russian society; but it is more likely that unless the authorities can show some real progress in combatting such phone calls, ever more Russians will question the efficacy of their government.Meanwhile today, the justice ministry announced that its list of terrorists inside Russia has now passed the 7500 mark, with 817 new names having been added over the last year ( and ). That figure too will intensify fears of disaster among Russians.