If Russia is a police state, there may be a good side to that.
Women police officers in Russia have taken to modifying their official uniforms by shortening skirts to above their thighs and wearing stiletto heels. Not to be left out, male police officers have been cutting off their shirtsleeves to show off their, er, guns, and incorporating items of civilian clothing into their uniforms.
The State apparatus in Russia is not amused.
Deputy Interior Minister Sergei Gerasimov warned that “liberties” taken with police uniforms only serve to undermine the authority of the Interior Ministry, and to discredit the police force as a whole. “When you meet people, the first thing you see is their clothing, and for a police officer fulfilling his duties, it is crucial to have a tidy and neat appearance. From time to time, we have seen instances of officers improperly wearing their uniforms.Heads of departments must pay more attention to the appearance of their subordinates.” Gerasimov encouraged all police officers to reacquaint themselves with and strictly adhere to uniform requirements, and ordered department heads to inspect officer attire before the start of shifts each day.
Apparently the new look the Minister is now discouraging was only recently encouraged by the police department itself: Russian police women were encouraged to bare their legs, navels and a bit of cleavage during Moscow’s “Miss Security” contest.