Russians up in arms at ban on lacy panties
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia and two of its ex-Soviet neighbours are set to impose a ban on certain types of lace panties, sparking public fury and even a lingerie-themed street protest.
Coming under a complete ban this summer in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus are lace or net knickers that have a high synthetic content, due to a new hygiene rule.
The rule is set to come into force in the Russia-led customs union of the three countries and has prompted plenty of amusement and newspaper photographs of women's bottoms, but also fears over a return to Soviet-style regulation of everyday life.
"Lacy panties are heterosexual propaganda to adults," wrote Moskovsky Komsomolets daily, referring to a recent Russian law banning so-called gay propaganda to minors.