Call it Trumpomania. Or maybe Trumpophrenia. Or any of a number of other Trumpisms that have popped up in Russia as this country counted down the moments to Donald Trump's ascension to the White House.

Russia has gone crazy for Trump, and it's not just because President Vladimir Putin and his government have been portraying the presidency of Barack Obama as one long, disastrous exercise in Russophobia, a message that state-run television has been hammering home for months.

Something about the advent of Trump has stirred the Russian soul. It has almost been as though the 45th President of Russia were about to take office today.

Businesses have renamed themselves after the world leader formerly known as The Donald. Talk show hosts have dedicated hours to the expression of hope that Trump will lift United States-Russian relations from their all-time post-Cold-War low (and in some cases to nasty, unabashedly racist farewells to Obama).


And the Russian internet is surging with efforts to portray and explain the local Trumpapalooza.

"Trumpomania has taken hold of the country: the media, politicians and political analysts, astrologists, and housewives, none of them can calm down and mind their business," Gennady Gudkov, a reserve colonel in Russia's domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, said in a post on his Facebook page. "In RUSSIAN news the main actor is His Majesty Trump."

Gudkov, who has spent recent years criticising Putin's hold on power, posited that the reason for Trump's popularity is "how interesting, honest and competitive elections and their unpredictability are".

But Viktoria Chekryzhova, director for development of the Tula Food Products, had a simpler explanation for her company's decision to produce a limited number of boxes of sugar cubes featuring Trump's likeness.

"With this product, we want to show that we hope that our relations with the United States will improve with the new President. We're saying we hope our relations will become sweeter," she said by phone from Tula, a city 160km south of Moscow.

Other Russian companies have joined in. The news website reported that it had discovered "several hundred" companies that include some sort of play on words on "Trump" (which in Russian is transcribed Tramp; Russian Trump would sound like Troomp).

A weapons factory in Zlatousk, Russia, minted a commemorative coin with the inscription "In Trump We Trust," according to the TASS news agency.

In Moscow, a military surplus store located across from the US embassy had an advertisement in its window offering a 10 per cent discount on all its items - for embassy staff and American citizens.

"It looks very emotional, like a childish burst of joy," Mikhail Fishman, editor in chief of the Moscow Times, commented about the ongoing fascination with Trump.

Of course the jubilation comes against the tumultuous backdrop of accusations of Russian cyber attacks first lodged by the Obama Administration and the US intelligence community (and recently acknowledged by Trump), as well as uncorroborated reports - denied vehemently by Trump - that Trump has been compromised by Russian intelligence. Putin this week called the allegations an effort by Obama to sabotage the legitimacy of Trump.

Some took that logic a bit further. Sergei Markov, a pro-Kremlin political analyst, predicted a Trumpocalypse if Russia did not lend the new President a hand against forces that were lining up in the US to overthrow him.

"Russia has to support Trump," Markov wrote on his Facebook page. "We have to help him publicly, with a campaign of Trumpomania."

Russia's major news programmes lined up hours of Trump coverage: A viewer of the state-run Rossiya-1 channel got four hours of American politics, full of vitriol aimed at Obama, disdain for the allegations against Russia, and cautious optimism about Trump.

Dmitry Kiselyov, often referred to as the top Kremlin propagandist, dedicated most of his Sunday television show to decrying Obama as one of the worst leaders in world history, mixing in several racially tinged remarks.

Obama was behind Nato's encroachment on Russia, Obama orchestrated "coups d'etat" in Ukraine and Syria, and Obama blamed it all on Putin, who was left to clean up the mess.

Now, Kiselyov said, this "technology of lies" was being used against Trump. He cited the unverified dossier on the Kremlin's alleged blackmail of Trump, which is believed to have been composed by a former MI6 agent.

"This is an English plot against the elected President of the US," Kiselyov said.

"Now that is interference in American politics!"