Female officers have taken to raising the hemlines on their skirts and their male counterparts have started cutting their shirt sleeves off. They are also allegedly wearing civilian clothes and wrinkled items with their uniforms -- all of which fall under the new ban.
"When you meet people, the first thing you see is their clothing, and for a police officer fulfilling his duties, it is crucial to have a tidy and neat appearance. From time to time, we have seen instances of officers improperly wearing their uniforms. Heads [of departments] must pay more attention to the appearance of their subordinates," said Deputy Interior Minister Sergei Gerasimov in a decree obtained by Russian newspaper Izvestia.
A picture circulating on Twitter shows police officers sporting short skirts and high heels.
Mikhail Pashkin, a senior member of the police officer's union, said the problem was caused by a lack of dressing rooms given by the Interior Ministry. He added that he did not see any reason for the women to complain about the skirt mandate.
"Perhaps the girls want to get married. Incidentally, they are thinking about the demographic situation," Pashkin said.