Lord Patel can exclusively reveal that Vladimir Putin has new signs ready to erect tonight, re-naming Reds Square (Квадрат красных цветов) in celebration of the victory of the world's best football team over a bunch of what he jokingly calls, " a bunch of southern jessies" (a rough translation of an old proverb referring to the State of Georgia) (2-1).
Lord Patel was awoken early by an urgent phone call from glamorous Alina Kabaeva, Vladimir's future wife and current bed companion to tell him this ... naturally she wanted him to be the first to know.
To reciprocate these feelong of international brotherhood Manchester City Council will also be simultaneously renaming Albert Square in Manchester as Reds Square.
Manchester has of course strong links with St Petersburg from the days when Vladimir was Mayor. Manchester / St Petersburg is one of the oldest "Friendship" cities (AKA twinned cities) in the world.