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Poll: Third of Russians Say Sanctions Causing Problems

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FILE - People gather near a New Year fair in Red Square, Moscow, Russia.

FILE - People gather near a New Year fair in Red Square, Moscow, Russia.

A survey by an independent Russian polling agency has found just a third of Russians say the Western sanctions imposed on their country for its actions in Ukraine have created problems for them.

In the poll conducted by the Levada Center, 27 percent of the respondents said the sanctions have created “pretty serious” problems for them and their families, while 7 percent said they have created “very serious” problems.

Thirty-seven percent of the respondents, however, said they thought the sanctions may create “pretty serious” problems for them and their families, while 10 percent said they may create “very serious” problems.

Asked how Russia should respond to the Western sanctions, 69 percent of the respondents said it should continue its policy despite sanctions, while 21 percent said it should “seek a compromise” and “make concessions.”

The results of the poll, which was conducted January 23-26, were published Tuesday.

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