Russian President Vladimir Putin plunges into ice to celebrate Epiphany

In the footage, the 68-year-old is seen emerging from a log cabin, wearing a long sheepskin coat, disguised and immersing himself three times in a cross-shaped pool crowned with a solid statue carved into the ice.

Temperatures in the Moscow region were around -20 ° C (-4 ° F) last week.

Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 commemorating the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. On Epiphany, water is considered sacred, and many people dip throughout Russia and Eastern Europe as a sign of their Orthodox Christian faith.

It is widely believed that this tradition brings good health, strengthens the immune system, and flushes out sins.

Putin’s picture comes at a time when Russia is working to intensify vaccination efforts and control the outbreak of the Corona virus, and days after the death of his political rival Alexei Navalny. He was arrested upon his return to Moscow.

Putin’s blue swimsuit was noticed in the Russian social media footage, due to its similarity to the missing blue underwear that was allegedly used to poison Navalny with the nerve gas Novichok last year.

Navalny told CNN that he was confident in Putin Know the complex process of shading By elite agents before being poisoned. The Kremlin has previously denied any involvement in the poisoning of Navalny.
Putin’s icy retreat was not the first time that he had stripped naked in public. In 2018, Bathe in the icy waters of Seliger Lake To celebrate the Epiphany. He was also photographed topless while hunting in 2017 and topless while riding a horse on vacation in 2009.

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