Moscow, January 19, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to the Tver Region where he visited the Nilov Monastery, situated on Stolobny Island in Lake Seliger, at the end of his visit to St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region on Thursday, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
"On the occasion of the feast of Orthodox Epiphany, Putin attended a part of a religious service and also participated in Epiphany bathing in Lake Seliger," Peskov said.
Russia's central regions have no traditional Epiphany frosts this year, and "temperatures in the lake area did not fall below 6-7 degrees below zero that night," he said.
It was not the first time Putin had immersed himself in icy waters to mark the feast of Epiphany, Peskov said.
"The president has taken dips in a hole in the ice for a number of years already," Peskov said.