Articles from The New York Times and The Independent report that Western sanctions on Russia have hit banks, wealthy individuals, and technology imports, but a year of restrictions has not drastically affected the economic life of ordinary Russians.
The supermarkets still offer international brands, while the assortment has changed, and the Moscow malls might have thinned a bit.
The articles agree that Western sanctions have hit Russia's economy but not in the way that was potentially anticipated.
The sanctions aimed to degrade Moscow's war chest, but the impact appears to have been minimal at the consumer level.
The Independent reports on an essentially stable market in which international products and their substitutes sit side by side on grocery shelves.
However, the New York Times contrasts the life of Russian expat Dima Tutkov between Moscow and Dubai, where he opened a café.
While his ad agency turns big profits back in Russia and he appreciates the low anti-Russian sentiment in Dubai, he does not have to worry about being drafted into the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.