Russian Women Bombed for Wearing Bikinis

Life's a beach on the Caspian Sea

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 4, 2011 1:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – Russian women have become the target of bombers because they're ... wearing bikinis. While men show off their muscles and wrestle on the beaches of the Caspian Sea, women in the increasingly fundamentalist Islamic region of Dagestan have been blown up as a warning that they must cover up, reports the Daily Beast. Now, nearly all local women seen wading into the sea wear neck-to-ankle flannel dresses and veils. Three bombings this season have targeted women in Dagestan. The only place safe for them to show some skin is in Russia's first Sharia-compliant beach, a gated area in Dagestan that allows women, girls and boys under the age of 6.

“First, they make deadly threats for wearing a bikini; next they will want us to stop wearing our shorts and jeans, then ban us from going to restaurants and universities,” complains the manager of a financial company in Dagestan. Terror bombings in the region are on the increase against several targets, from cafes to liquor sellers, seen as defying Sharia. Hundreds have been killed in some 200 bombings this year.

A day at the beach on the Caspian Sea.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
What's wrong with this picture?   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
A Muslim mom aids her son during an afternoon at the beach on the Caspian Sea.   (AP)
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