20-year-old Alexander Malofeev, who has been outspoken against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, was banned from performing at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in Montreal last week. He was dropped from the concert as a result of public backlash of supporting Russian culture amidst Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. This is one of the examples of how sanctions are affecting working class Russians. Working class Russians are feeling the weight of sanctions imposed on oligarchs close to Putin in an effort to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But are other working class people taking a hit? Many working class people in the West and in Central Asia are seeing the economic affects of sanctions imposed on Russia by numerous countries.