Nowadays, there's peace in the republic, although seeing a grenade vest with machine gun magazines — a gift from Russian soldiers — sitting on a bench next to children's toys is nothing unusual. Everyone is grateful to Russia, but many understand that corruption and ineffective management are direct consequences of its policy in the region. People say, "The worst thing is when they give you free money."
People talk about the Russo-Georgian War of 2008 pretty often. You quickly realize that these people have their own truth, and they defended themselves from the Georgian invaders because they had to, not because Moscow ordered them to. It is enough to know how the highlanders had to use wild pears to treat their children's diarrhea and glue and cobwebs instead of adhesive bandages because of the blocked roads. However, they don't hate Georgians, often calling them brothers and saying nice things about them. Sometimes, even the war participants say, "For a long time, I have dreamed that all Georgian houses burned down, but when they actually caught on fire, I didn't feel any satisfaction, only a sense of dread. And we don't live in their houses, and Ossetians' houses in Georgia stay empty…"