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'Freedom To Panties': Lacy Underwear Ban In Russia, Belarus & Kazakhstan Sparks Protests

18/02/2014 14:57 GMT | Updated 18/02/2014 19:59 GMT

New trade rules will see synthetic lingerie banned in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan from July.

The law will ban the production, importing or selling of underwear that does not reach a 6 per cent threshold for moisture absorption, which aims to prevent products potentially harmful to customers.

Moisture absorption in many of the most popular synthetic material mixtures for lace panties is around 3 to 3.6 per cent, the Moscow Times writes.

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Women protest a ban on lace underwear in Almaty, Kazakhstan

But consumers are getting their knickers in a twist about the news – with 30 women protesters in Almaty, Kazakhstan arrested and thrown into police vans for wearing lace underwear on their head and chanting: “Freedom to panties”.

According to AP, analysts say 90 per cent of underwear would disappear from the shelves once the 2010 Eurasian Economic Commission ban comes into play.

But ladies, let’s take a moment to remember that synthetic underwear is not necessarily the best environment for your nether regions.

As XO Jane wrote last month: “Everyone knows that breathable fabrics are better for vaginal health. Synthetic fabric traps heat and moisture, making your vage an optimal breeding ground for bacteria.”