First, Russians are told that they will have to alter their eating habits thanks to a non-importation ukaz issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin covering Western food products. Now they are catching grief in a Black Sea resort for the way they look.
Summer along the Black Sea coast can only mean one thing: an invasion of flesh-baring Russians. Most Russian men and women tend to sport teeny-weeny speedos and bikinis while soaking up the sun on beaches and in resort towns, demonstrating little regard for local dress-code conventions. One tourist destination in the conservative Caucasus region – the separatist territory Abkhazia – has decided enough is enough, and is calling on Russian visitors to cover themselves up.
The City Council in Sokhumi, Abkhazia’s capital, has banned walking in swimwear outside of beach areas. Signs essentially saying no naked Russians allowed are being placed around the city.
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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi. He is a frequent contributor to EurasiaNet.org's Tamada Tales blog.