Putin takes traditional Epiphany dip in icy waters
Russian President Vladimir Putin immersed himself in the freezing waters in Moscow region on Tuesday (January 19), observing an Orthodox Christian ritual to mark the feast of Epiphany.
Russian state television showed short video clip of Putin in blue bathing trunks walking down a set of wooden steps and crossing himself as he took three dips in a cross-shaped Epiphany bath hole.
Air temperatures at the time were around fourteen degrees Celsius below zero.
Each year on Epiphany, Orthodox believers immerse themselves in rivers and lakes to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan.