Not content with their modern-day gulags and concerning enthusiasm for plutonium, the Russians have turned their wintry ire to the ladies of Manchester, with the country's most-popular newspaper suggesting that it's a city full of fat people that turn men gay.
Komsomolskaya Pravda columnist Alisa Titko writes: "It is true that there are many fat people in Manchester. Local young women don't mind when fat hangs down from their stomach and body – and does not fit into their jeans."
"Whatever, when they go to a nightclub they put on tight fit leggings and mini-dresses. Of course, it is hardly possible that men turn gay because girls are too fat and non-sexual. But it can influence it too."
She then went on to quote a visitor, who said: "Their women are so fat, they look disgusting to their men.
"You see, they eat so much fast food and potatoes. And they drink beer from huge glasses. Here is the result."
You leave potatoes out of this, Alisa!
Along with a clear dislike for the women of Manchester and over-consumption of tuberous crops, she also revealed a clear disdain for the city's liberal attitude towards sexuality.
"In Manchester there is a whole part of the city for gay people", she continues. "Nobody told me about it, I have found it myself when I was walking around the town.
'There is even a plate there saying "Gay Village".
"It is the most popular place for such couples, there are cafes and clubs there with small rainbow flags.
"In the evenings gays and lesbians are having fun not only inside but also outside and they do not hide their feelings."
You've got to watch out for those corruptible feelings, they are dangerous and they will get you.
With Russia is hosting the World Cup next year, so these kinds of views being spouted from the country's biggest paper isn't particularly encouraging.
In a final, grim flourish, Alisa suggested that gay people openly holding hands and kissing was "disgusting," writing: "It is such a pleasure that there are no such gay streets in Moscow."