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Iranian MP says Russian women at Bushehr not wearing hijab

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 25 December 2012
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December 25, 2012

Russia took over as the main contractor at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the 1990s.Russia took over as the main contractor at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the 1990s.

An Iranian lawmaker is complaining that Russian women technicians at the Bushehr nuclear power plant are being paid to adhere to a strict Islamic dress code, but are routinely violating that code.

Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi Nejad, a member of parliament from Dashtestan in southern Bushehr Province, said Bushehr's Russian women technicians receive a "hijab payment" but "do not properly observe" what is demanded by their contracts.

He called on the Russian women to fulfill their contractual "commitments."

Russia took over as the main contractor at Bushehr in the 1990s.

But the plant is yet to be fully operational and connected to Iran's national power grid.

All women in Iran, regardless of their nationality or religion, are required to cover their hair and much of their body.

Based on reporting by AFP, ISNA, and The Iran Project

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