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Russia Bans Lace Panties

Niki Hashemi |
February 20, 2014 | 2:53 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

30 women protested the lace panty ban in Kazakhstan (Daily Mail).
30 women protested the lace panty ban in Kazakhstan (Daily Mail).
Spandex may be the fabric of choice for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but after the Olympics are over Russians will have to say so long to another undergarment: their beloved lace panties.

In 2010, the Eurasian Economic Commission introduced a new ban for Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus prohibiting lace underwear.

The issue? Lace doesn't meet the commission's new requirements for fabric absorbency.

Women in Kazakhstan protested the ban on Sunday by wearing lace underwear on their heads and chanting “Freedom to Panties,” resulting in the arrest of thirty women.

The ban will officially go into effect on July 1.

This ban is not only receiving social outrage. Many argue that the ban will cause a downfall in the struggling economies of these three countries.

Russia’s underwear sales are at 4 billion dollars and it is predicted that ninety percent of the panties will be removed from store shelves due to the ban.

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