Russia has paid for annexing Crimea in 2014. The country slid into a recession and has been faced with a slew of Western sanctions.
How does all that affect the average citizen?
"When a Russian feels any foreign pressure, he will never give up his leader," Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said at the World Economic Forum on Friday. "Never. We will survive any hardship in the country — eat less food, use less electricity."
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Shuvalov, who said he supports Russia's foreign policy, warned the nation's economy is only going to get worse.
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