Russia: US ambassador braves icy Istra River to mark Epiphany celebrations

The US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman braved the freezing waters of Istra River at the New Jerusalem Resurrection monastery near Moscow on Sunday, to celebrate Epiphany. It was the first time the ambassador swum into an icy-hole for Epiphany Day, while seven other members of the Embassy staff partook in the Orthodox ritual as well. Traditionally, the ice-cold bathing ritual marks the... Еще baptism of Christ on January 19, in accordance with the Julian calendar of the Russian Orthodox Church. Mandatory Credit: FB/Maria D.G. Olson

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