A street vendor displays fruits in St. Petersburg November 12, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk
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Alexander Shalin rides a bike to work, shops in local grocery stores and doesn't worry too much about fashion.Shalin is one of many Russians whose lives are beginning to change as a combination of Western sanctions over Ukraine, a ban on some food imports and falling oil prices weigh on an already weakened economy, forcing the ruble down and prices up.According to the Levada poll conducted late last month, 73 percent of Russians still support the import ban, slightly down from 78 percent in August.The Federal Statistics Service said annual inflation exceeded 8 percent in October and food prices increased 11.5 percent. But certain products have risen faster; meat and poultry rose 18.2 percent while milk and dairy products were up more than 15 percent.
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