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Russia Tries to Ban Sexy Underwear

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Russia Tries to Ban Sexy Underwear

Post-Soviet panties are in a twist.

By Rachel Sugar

Russia just proposed a ban on lacy panties, because if there is one problem Russia has, it is an overabundance of sex appeal. I mean, have you seen those pictures of Putin shirtless on horseback? That’s a national seduction crisis right there.

Theoretically, says the International Business Times, the proposed trade ban, which will outlaw any undies containing less than six percent cotton from being imported, made, or sold in Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, is intended to protect post-Soviet genitals from “cheap materials that could have a negative health impact.” But critics — among them, the 30 women arrested for protesting with panties on their heads this past Sunday — say this is yet another one of the misguided (and bizarre) economic policies that have become something of a national trademark. And experts point out that if the legislation is enacted, a full 90 percent of lingerie stock currently for sale will have to be either tossed or sold on the black, lacy market. 

Much to the disappointment of certain government lingerie consultants, it seems as though the ban may not come to pass, thanks largely to consumer fury. Men and women alike — because everyone loves a good panty — are taking to social media to rail against the prospective changes, posting pictures of “modern, sexy underwear” next to Soviet-era cotton versions. Apparently, that’s a pretty persuasive argument: according to the AP, it’s likely the lace-ban will be overturned before it goes into effect on July 1.

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