Let's be honest, Russian winters are the kiss of death in the best of circumstances - just ask Napoleon and Hitler how things would change if they had a do-over.

But this year could be even worse.  If you believe the somewhat suspect record-keeping that is currently used to make temperature claims before the last 30 years, you'll want to avoid Russia during the coldest winter Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years.

Luckily, like most temperature forecasts even today, that one is only 70% accurate.

But it's best to be sure so, Russians, make sure you remove all that summer smog from your air vents.