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Putin Bathes in Icy Waters on Day Marking Baptism of Christ

Putin Bathes in Icy Waters on Day Marking Baptism of Christ

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

Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, said that the Russian leader has already performed this ritual on the Epiphany previously, but this year marks the first time Vladimir had done it publicly.

In a State video released online, Putin can be seen marching towards the partially frozen lake in knee high boots and a sheepskin coat.

After removing his fur coat and boots, the 65-year-old entered the pool, crossed himself and momentarily placed his head under the freezing water.

Air temperatures at the time were around -6C.

"On the occasion of the holiday of Epiphany, Putin visited parts of the church service, and also participated in the Epiphany dip on Lake Seliger", Peskov told reporters.

He wasn't alone. Putin was commemorating the baptism of Jesus in Orthodox Christian tradition. and people do it all over Russian Federation every year.

In some areas of Russian Federation, such as the Siberian city of Norilsk, experiencing extreme temperatures as low as -68C, authorities banned the plunges "to avoid frostbite and emergency situations".

Putin was photographed with his shirt off while on a spearfishing vacation in the southern mountain lake in Siberia. In August 2009, a bare-chested Putin was pictures riding a horse during a Siberian holiday.

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