Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates Christmas at Holy Yuriev monastery in Novgorod region. This was announced on Friday, January 6, “the Tape.ru” informed the source.
The head of state, according to the Agency Flash Nord, has already arrived in the monastery, which was founded in XII century on Bank of the Volkhov river and is one of the oldest in Russia.
After the solemn Liturgy Putin, according to the interlocutor “of the Tape.ru”, talk with the local fishermen, with whom he had met in September during the visit to Novgorod oblast, along with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Then the first persons of the state visited the island of Lipno in the Delta of the river Msta, where he visited the Orthodox Church of late thirteenth century – the Church of St. Nicholas in Lipno, but also made a boat trip on the lake Ilmen went on Board one of the fishing boats and talked to the crew.
Vladimir Putin traditionally spending Christmas in one of the regions. So, in January of 2016, he participated in the Christmas service at the Cathedral of the Holy virgin in the village Turginovo Tver region. In 2015, the head of state visited a festive service in the Church of the Holy virgin in the village of Otradnoe Voronezh region. In the previous two years he came to worship in the Church near Sochi. In 2012, Putin took part in the Liturgy in the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in St. Petersburg, where he was baptized.