A member of the Iranian Parliament expressed his disapproval Thursday of the immodest attire of Russian women working at the Bushehr nuclear facility.
According to the parliament member, the women were receiving extra payment to dress in accordance with Islamic modesty laws, specifically referring to the demand that women's heads be covered in a hijab.
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Despite the additional pay, the Iranian official noted, the women were seen around town improperly dressed and uncovered. He could not say exactly how much was said "hijab-payment."
"We've formed a special camp for the Russians, bet recently they've been spotted in Bushehr markets, usually with their heads uncovered," said Iranian legislator Mehdi Mousavi Nezhad in an interview with a local news agency.
Nezhad stressed that the Russian employees at the Bushehr nuclear facility must follow Iranian law and be considerate of the "values of Iranian and Islamic culture."
The Bushehr facility (Photo: AFP)
Bushehr, in the south of Iran, has been running the first Iranian nuclear plant, developed for the production of electricity. The construction of the plant was completed with help of Russia, which still sends technicians on its behalf to help maintain the facility.
Modesty laws in Iran are systematically enforced by police, and foreign women arriving at the Islamic Republic are also forced to uphold the laws and assume head coverings.
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