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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechen Women Ignore Dress Decree

GROZNY -- Chechens largely ignored a government decree this week that all women must adopt a Moslem dress code, with many saying that formal Islamic beliefs ran counter to Chechnya's deeply held Caucasus traditions.

The decree signed by Chechen Vice President Vakha Arsanov on Saturday did not specify what women should wear, but said employers should make sure their employees respected Islamic traditions in their dress.

By Tuesday, there was no visible difference in women's dress in the bustling center of the capital, Grozny, where hundreds of women trade in a market set among the devastated buildings.

"I don't quite understand what a woman dressed in Islamic law means," said Zarema Irskhanova, a 28-year-old teacher.

The order was the latest of numerous attempts to install a more fundamentalist Islamic state in Chechnya.