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    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has won praise for her wardrobe, and in an interview with Sputnik Polsha, she revealed her secret – she buys Russian.

    Zakharova said that her foreign colleagues were particularly impressed by one creation, a black dress with short puffed sleeves, which she had bought in a local clothes store.

    "When I arrived in it (the dress) at negotiations abroad, my diplomat colleagues said it was a very beautiful dress, but I didn't even know who the manufacturer was – I just took it off the rack in the store," the spokeswoman said.

    After one news briefing, Zakharova received a letter from a clothing company which said they recognized the dress as one of theirs. Zakharova checked the label and confirmed she was wearing the firm's dress.

    Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova at a briefing
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    Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova at a briefing

    "A short time later, I received a whole package of clothes from this company! Of course, I can't accept that kind of present, it's forbidden by anti-corruption laws. I called them and said that I am willing to buy their products," Zakharova said.

    Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova at a briefing
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    Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova at a briefing

    “Most of what you see me wearing at briefings is clothing manufactured in Russia. One manufacturer is a firm called 'Akimbo,' and I now I go to briefings in their clothes. I get a lot of questions about what I'm wearing, the answer is – the Russian clothing.”

    “They (Akimbo) aren't the only ones. Elena Shepilova, for example, is another Russian designer. Recently I have discovered a multitude of Russian designers who have garnered a following abroad,” Zakharova said.

    Maria Zakharova in a New Year's image from Elena Shepilova
    Maria Zakharova in a New Year's image from Elena Shepilova

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