At a news conference on Thursday to sum up the Federal Consumer Protection Service's results of the outgoing year, Russia's chief sanitary inspector,Gennady Onishchenko, took the opportunity to warn Russians of the dangers of the upcoming 10-day New Year's break, which he dubbed "10 days of horror."

"We are standing on the threshold of these 10 days of horror, when the overwhelming majority of the population will be left to their own devices, and there is no worse enemy for a citizen of the Russian Federation than he himself," Onishchenko told journalists in comments carried by BBC's Russian service.

h/t Uldis Birgelis