Key Words: Putin enjoys ‘great’ dip in icy water of Lake Seliger in northwest Russia

So, Russian President Vladimir Putin, how does it feel to plunge shirtless into an iced-over lake in northwestern Russia on a 20-degree Fahrenheit day in January? As brutal as it sounds?

‘No, it’s great.’

Vladimir Putin

Putin, 65, was marking the Orthodox Epiphany late Thursday with the icy, ritual dip, as he’s done less publicly on a number of occasions, as his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, reportedly told the Guardian.

This time around, Putin, who’s standing for re-election in March, welcomed Russian TV coverage of the event, in which, according to the Guardian, up to 2 million adherents of the country’s traditional religious denomination participate annually at sites all around the country as well as in neighboring Ukraine and other countries — to wit:

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