Today Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas – and here are some photos from the festivities in Russia.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meets children as he visits Father Frost’s palace in Veliky Ustyug in the Vologda region, about 650 km (400 miles) north of Moscow, January 7, 2008. REUTERS/Pool/Misha Japaridze (RUSSIA)
Cleaners in front of an Orthodox church clear snow from one of the central streets in the main regional Chechen city of Grozny January 7, 2008. REUTERS/Said Tsarnayev (RUSSIA)
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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attends a Christmas Eve service at a church in the ancient Russian town of Veliky Ustyug, in the Vologda region, about 500 km (311 miles) north of Moscow, late January 6, 2008. REUTERS/Misha Japaridze/Pool (RUSSIA)