Chapter 3: No Business Like the Toy Business
Russia's attitude to bear-baiting is infamously ingrained in the culture. Gyrode may see his work as a form of animal liberation, but he's not quite above making bears do tricks, apparently.
Ralph knows that any horrific location worth its salt will have context-sensitive weather - when an evil scientist requires extra drama for their maniacal laugh, the weather obliges! Innsmouth is no exception to the rule.
Incidentally, the bear Gyrode is imagining just happens to look just like the Bear from TimeSplitters.