Western sanctions have hit Russian banks, wealthy individuals and technology imports, but have had little impact on the daily lives of ordinary Russians.
Why it matters
The article highlights the limited effectiveness of Western sanctions in changing Russian behavior, and the resilience of the Russian economy in the face of external pressure.
What the papers say
The AP News and The Independent both report on the limited impact of Western sanctions on the daily lives of ordinary Russians, while the New York Times provides a contrasting perspective from a Russian businessman who has found success in Dubai.
How we got here
The sanctions were imposed in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and involvement in the conflict in Ukraine. Despite the sanctions, Russia has continued to support separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine and has maintained its annexation of Crimea.
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