Azerbaijan: Shorts Spark Long Public Debate

A video posted on the Flashmob Azerbaijan community page on Facebook shows more than one hundred young Azerbaijanis wearing shorts and walking through the streets of downtown Baku on August 2. Wearing shorts in Azerbaijan is frowned upon as being uncultured and uncivilized. (Video Still: Flashmob Azerbaijan)

The cultural fault line that seems to divide the West and many formerly Soviet states is perhaps most visible when it comes to differing attitudes on LGBT issues. But a culture clash is also flaring in the sartorial sphere.

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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi. He is a frequent contributor to's Tamada Tales blog.

Azerbaijan: Shorts Spark Long Public Debate

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