An article by tabloid journalist Alisa Titko in Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia’s best-selling paper, has criticised Manchester’s gay village centred on Canal Street.
“In Manchester there is a whole part of the city for gay people,” she wrote. “There is even a place there saying Gay Village.
“In the evenings gays and lesbians are having fun not only inside but also outside and they do not hide their feelings.”
She said that it was disgusting that same-sex couples held hands and kissed in public, and said that it was “such a pleasure” that there are no gay streets in Moscow.
She reserved most of her ire for the women in the area who, she claimed, are “fat and not sexy”.
“The fat hangs from the stomach, sides, and doesn’t fit in their jeans. In clubs, they still pull on tight leggings and mini dresses,” she said and added that it was no surprise that Manchester’s men became gay because the women were “simply disgusting”.
“Let’s remain Russian,” she wrote. “Start normal families. Have children in wedlock. And not confuse love with debauchery.”
Her article comes at a time when it has been clamed that more than 100 gay men have been detained and tortured in the Russian republic of Chechnya.