President Putin takes dip in freezing lake to mark Orthodox Epiphany

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Russian President, Vladimir Putin, stripped off to his bathing trunks and immersed himself in the freezing waters of a lake, late on Thursday, observing an Orthodox Christian ritual to mark the feast of Epiphany.

Russian state television showed Putin marching onto the ice of frozen Lake Seliger, about 400 km (250 miles) north of Moscow, dressed in a sheepskin coat and felt boots.

With his coat and boots removed, he then walked down a set of wooden steps into a hole in the ice, crossed himself, and dipped his head under the water before surfacing.

It is worth mentioning that air temperatures at the time were around six degrees Celsius below zero (21 degrees Fahrenheit).

Samira SALAH

Reuters

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