Vladimir Putin Strips for Jesus ... And Frozen Lake Dip

20 January, 2018, 04:03 | Author: Irene Delgado
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Russian President Vladimir Putin took a dip into the icy Lake Seliger to celebrate the Orthodox Christian holiday, Epiphany.

Vladimir Putin, 65, put on the display - perhaps aimed at sending a chill down the spine of fellow world leaders - as he braved the icy cold wintry waters on Lake Seliger in northwestern Russian Federation.

In a State video released online, Putin can be seen marching towards the partially frozen lake in knee high boots and a sheepskin coat. Peskov said that this year, temperature was not as extreme as it gets during this time of year in the area. On this day, believers commemorate the baptism of Christ in the Jordan River. He lowered himself into the water, made a sign of the cross and submerged himself for a moment, in a scene captured by state media.

Hundreds of people braved the cold Batumi waters and took part in the ceremony commonly known as the Epiphany dip.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin took a dip in icy waters to celebrate Orthodox Epiphany.

In Orthodox tradition, water blessed by a priest during Epiphany week is considered holy and pure, and believers attribute healing powers to it.

While the Russian president hasn't made a habit of doing this ritual publicly in the past, the Washington Post notes that in an election year where approval of Putin's government has hit record lows, his best option is to play the hits.

In August a year ago he was photographed with his shirt off catching fish in a mountain lake in Siberia and in August 2009, a bare-chested Putin was pictured riding a horse during a Siberian holiday.

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