ERR in Moscow: Most Russians Believe Sanctions Will Bypass Them ({{commentsTotal}})

Most Russians believe sanctions by the West on Russia will have little effect on them, says ERR Moscow correspondent Anton Aleksejev.

He told ETV on Wednesday that according to President Vladimir Putin, the sanctions could have a positive effect on the nation's economy as it will motivate Russia to develop its industry.

Aleksejev said studies show 60 percent of Russians believe the sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine will bypass them, and only affect Putin's close circle.

Putin is still very popular in the country, Aleksejev said, adding that his popularity rate is over 80 percent and has shown no signs of decreasing since peaking after the annexation of Crimea in March.