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American beaches say 'nyet' to Russians

July 30, 2003 at 3:16 PM

BOSTON, July 30 (UPI) -- Russians visiting some U.S. beaches are learning what is considered acceptable behavior at home might result in a jail sentence here.

The Boston Herald reports Cape Cod officials plan to erect signs along beaches next week, reminding vacationing Russians it's not considered proper in this nation to change into and out of bathing suits while covered only by a towel -- or nothing at all.

"It's a cultural difference," Dennis, Maine, Police Capt. William Monahan told the Herald. "They're not doing it to be titillating. They're just used to changing at the beach."

Officials say the Russians could be charged with indecent exposure, a misdemeanor punishable in most areas by fines and six-month jail sentences. But Monahan said once the Russians understand the law, they are cooperative.

The signs posted on the beach will be in Russian, with flyers carrying a similar message to be distributed to Cape Cod-area condominiums and motels.

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