The RIA Novosti agency claims that residents of Helsinki and Luxembourg, fleeing the cold, come to warm themselves at the local representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo under the name "Russian Houses". The day before, the department (subordinate to the Russian Foreign Ministry) launched a propaganda campaign designed to show that Europe is allegedly freezing without Russian gas.
“As long as gas and electricity prices remain high, the centers will operate as heating points. Here you can always drink tea, recharge your phone, watch a movie, and cartoons will be shown for children. Warmth in houses and human warmth from Russia is what freezing European families need. In the context of growing social tension in Europe, as well as Russophobia, the humanitarian action of the Russian Houses should demonstrate our traditional hospitality and warm the hearts of freezing European families.”
At the same time, Rossotrudnichestvo (the federal executive body of the Russian Federation) “reminded that Russian houses are out of politics.”
The representative of the department reported on the first results of this action the very next day.
“Little by little they come. In Finland, Luxembourg already warmed up yesterday. The schedule of films until February, ”said the interlocutor of the agency.
However, there is a small problem here: Luxembourg is still very warm, almost summer weather. On October 21, when Rossotrudnichestvo “warmed up” local residents, the daytime temperature was 18 degrees, and at night it did not fall below 11. In general, the weather over the past week in the country turned out to be warm - from 17 to 21 degrees during the day, 10-14 degrees at night.
Noteworthy is the fact that, as the only illustration of the “warming up” of the Finns and Luxembourgers, RIA Novosti attached a video from the showing of the cartoon “Alyosha Popovich and Tugarin the Serpent” at the Russian House in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. There is this video on Rossotrudnichestvo social networks, but not a word about who came there to warm up, except that before the film screening the children were “treated with hot tea from a samovar with cookies and gingerbread”.