- Russian middle classes are feeling the pain of European sanctions
- But they do not blame Putin who has 85-90% popularity, according to polls
- The annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 was overwhelmingly popular in Russia
Jill Dougherty is currently a CNN Contributor. She is a former CNN foreign affairs correspondent and Moscow bureau chief with expertise in Russia and the former Soviet Union. She is currently at the International Centre for Defence and Security, researching the influence of Russian media. The views expressed are her own.
(CNN)Russia's middle class has had a tough time recently, but they aren't blaming President Vladimir Putin for it.