Russian women working at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran stand accused of flouting the terms of their contract by failing to wear the hijab in public. An Iranian lawmaker claims they are paid to adhere to the strict Islamic dress code imposed.
Iranian lawmaker Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi Nejad has complained about the lax dress code of Russian female technicians employed at the nuclear plant. Al Arabiya reported Nejad said they “do not properly observe” the conditions of their contracts which include a "hijab payment."
Nejad went on to note that some of the Russian women appear at public markets sporting a "poor hijab" or even worse, no hijab. Moreover he claims that such lax behaviour is "corrupting" those around them.
According to Payvand Nejad's claim that the Russian employees are paid to wear the hijab has been denied by Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Ghashghavi. He stated there is "no hijab payment to the Russian women nor to any foreigner working in Iran." However, he did admit that the Russian women are expected to conform to the "moral codes and norms" which all women in the Islamic Republic are required to observe, including the restrictive dress code.
Women who appear in public improperly dressed are subject to harassment from the Iran's religious police.