A Russian news outlet is claiming that people in the United Kingdom may soon be forced to resort to cannibalism, The Independent reports.
The wild claims stem from a Sunday Times column written by the ex-Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, in which he joked about Britons eating their neighbors.
Russian news outlet TsargradTV ran with the story, saying that “journalists begin to say terrible things aloud, reminding them of the risk of cannibalism.”
The news report quoted Clarkson’s column at length, claiming that politicians say they are “monitoring the situation” which means they are doing nothing, and that one day they will have to do something because people can live without heat or clothing or sex, but cannot live without food.
“Hunger makes people eat their neighbors,” the report said.
The station is owned by Vladimir Putin-supporting businessman Konstantin Malofeev.
The TsargradTV article claimed to present “only facts.” Titled “Cold, Hunger, Cannibalism: London fell into its own Ukrainian pit,” the article said that things are not going well in the UK.
“While politicians are playing into the Ukrainian crisis, their own population is preparing for starvation,” it read.
The piece said that Europe has an explosion in prices and claimed there was a threat of mass starvation, and that in the UK there is a state of emergency due to food shortages.
But in reality, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and its blockade of global supply routes, has triggered a food crisis around the world, affecting especially developing nations.
Both Ukraine and Russia are major exporters of grain. Russia has been accused of using food as a weapon of war.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss accused Putin of seeking to “hold the world to ransom” through its blockade of Ukrainian grain exports.
Russia is also infamous for its propaganda machines.