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Shirtless Putin dunks himself in icy water
    2018-January-23  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

RUSSIA’S President Vladimir Putin doffed his coat and boots Friday for an icy plunge as part of an Orthodox Christian ritual that marked the feast of Epiphany.

The Russian president was seen walking on solid ice on Lake Seliger, which is 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of Moscow. After removing his coat and boots, he descended some wooden steps that led to a hole in the ice.

After immersing his entire body in the freezing water and even briefly dunking his head underwater, President Putin ascended the wooden steps again.

At the time of the ritual, the air temperature at Lake Seliger was around 21 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 6 degrees Celsius).

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the president had dipped in icy waters on the Epiphany before, but Friday marked the first time he publicly did so.

During this time of the year, followers of the Orthodix Christian Church are known to immerse themselves in icy water to remember the baptism of Jesus at River Jordan.

In Orthodox tradition, water blessed by a priest during Epiphany week is considered holy and pure, and believers attribute healing powers to it.

Authorities set up bathing sites for believers all over Russia.

Putin has a reputation for showing off his bear chest to the public. He has been photographed shirtless before: once while fishing at a mountain lake in Siberia and the second time in August 2009 while riding a horse on holiday, also in Siberia.

The 65-year-old president has hinted he will be running for re-election in March 2018.

(SD-Agencies)

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