Czech men arrested after stripping down to mankinis in Kazakh capital

Borat mankinis in Kazakhstan

Borat mankinis in Kazakhstan

We have Borat to thank for many things: exposing intolerance, lots of laughs, and, of course, the humble mankini. Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan.

However, Kazakhstan itself has found Borat's contribution to fashion less amusing as six Czech tourists were arrested in the country for wearing nothing but mankinis in public.

The six ran into trouble after posing by a sign saying "I Love Astana" in their thong swimwear, and curly wigs, despite the freezing temperatures now gripping Kazakhstan.

The members of the group were charged with "minor hooliganism" and fined $67 each, according to the BBC.

Borat is a controversial figure in Kazakhstan, with the character played by English comic Sacha Baron Cohen depicting the Central Asian nation as backwards, institutionally anti-Semitic and destitute.

The news caused some controversy between social media users in Kazakhstan, who didn't all agree on the tourists' controversial clothing, or lack of it.

"I wonder how would the Czech authorities react if our citizens did the same in their country", the journalist Assem Mirjekeeva asked on Facebook. "It's just our police that are so sensitive", Vitaliy Shuptar replied.

The film by Baron Cohen still remains a sore point in the post-Soviet state headed by Nursultan Nazerbayev.

The mankinki costume became an instant sensation after being featured in Sacha Baron Cohen's 2006 film Borat!

Since then the national feeling has softened, with Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov actually praising the film in 2012, saying it has increased tourism.

Seeing as the tourists may not have even visited Astana without Borat, maybe they are now thinking, "Kazakhstan, I am not attracted to you anymore".