Alisa Titko works for the Russian government-controlled media outlet Komsomolskaya Pravda. Ms Titko has been to Manchester and was extremely shocked to discover there a gay district. And she went furious on pages of her column writing: “In Manchester there is a whole section of the city for homosexuals. Nobody told me about it, but I found it myself when I was walking around the town. There is even a sign there saying ‘Gay Village’. It is the most popular place for [gay] couples, and there are coffee shops and clubs there with rainbow flags.” In the evenings, gays and lesbians don’t hide away – they’re not just in private clubs, they’re out in the open. On the walls are posters of Batman kissing Superman.” Going on she said it’s great for her that in her native country there aren’t such streets and gay parades are banned, so that nobody could see naked men marching across Moscow. Continuing her Manchester overview she writes: “There are lots of fat people in Manchester. Young women don’t care if fat hangs down from their stomach, and does not fit into their jeans. Regardless, when they go to the club, they pull on skinny leggings and mini-dresses. Of course, it is hardly possible that men turn gay because girls are too fat and not sexy… but it is a part of it.” The columnist also referenced a slight from Ukraine – which just repainted a Russian ‘friendship’ monument with a rainbow. The Friendship of Nations Arch, which sits in the heart of the capital city, was originally dedicated to the unification of Ukraine and Russia within the Soviet Union.