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 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.