Vladimir Putin takes icy plunge to mark Orthodox Epiphany

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Russian president joins millions in braving freezing temperatures for annual religious ritual

Rarely someone to pass up a photo opportunity involving a manly activity and his bare chest, Vladimir Putin has stripped to his swimming trunks and immersed himself in the freezing waters of a lake in northwest Russia to celebrate the feast of Epiphany.

Russian TV filmed the president, 65, marching onto the ice of frozen Lake Seliger, about 250 miles (400 km) north of Moscow, dressed in a cream sheepskin coat and knee-high felt boots and surrounded by chanting Orthodox priests and glittering religious icons.

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