Russian state tv broadcast footage of Putin, with the air temperature at minus 14 Celsius (6.8 Fahrenheit), eradicating a sheepskin coat to enter the icy waters and submerging himself 3 times beneath the floor, in entrance of an ice-sculpted cross.

Reuters, Moscow

PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 10:16 AM IST

Russian President Vladimir Putin, wearing nothing however a pair of blue swimming trunks, immersed himself within the freezing water of a cross-shaped pool close to Moscow on Tuesday, observing an Orthodox Christian ritual to mark the feast of Epiphany.

Russian state tv broadcast footage of Putin, with the air temperature at minus 14 Celsius (6.8 Fahrenheit), eradicating a sheepskin coat to enter the icy waters and submerging himself 3 times beneath the floor, in entrance of an ice-sculpted cross.

Putin, 68, grew up underneath Communist rule the place open reveals of faith had been frowned upon. As president, he has grow to be a frequent attender of Russian Orthodox ceremonies, and has given the church a significant voice in society.

Each 12 months on Epiphany, Orthodox believers immerse themselves in rivers and lakes to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ within the River Jordan.

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