Putin marks orthodox christmas alone

Russia President, Vladimir Putin, observed the orthodox christmas alone at a midnight service in a Kremlin Church

Typically, Christmas is observed on January 7 by the Russian Orthodox Church. Putin stood by himself during the event, which was officiated by Orthodox priests wearing golden robes at the Cathedral of the Annunciation, a building that was originally built for the Russian tsars.

In a greeting that was made public on Saturday by the Kremlin, Putin congratulated Orthodox Christians, according to AFP.

Putin lauded the Orthodox Church, whose influential leader, Kirill, has wholeheartedly backed Putin’s offensive in Ukraine, saying that the holiday spurred “positive actions and aspirations”.