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Russians up in arms at ban on lacy panties

Published on Feb 23, 2014 12:10 PM
 
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. -- PHOTO: AFP

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.

 
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