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Orthodox Christians have been taking the traditional plunge into freezing waters as they celebrate Epiphany today - despite winter temperatures reaching -40C in some regions of Russia.
Police estimated that over 2.4 million people in the country took part in celebrations overnight, but it is not known how many of these made the customary three dips in water.
Authorities - Ice - Steps - Access - Worshippers
Authorities cut ice and sometimes install wooden steps to ease access for worshippers wanting to descend into icy rivers and lakes and immerse themselves, to remember the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.
In a park in eastern Moscow, worshippers clad in bikinis or swimming trunks splashed and crossed themselves, shivering under the watchful eye of police and emergencies ministry workers.
'It - Tradition - Muscovite - Yevgeny - Goloshchapov
'It's great, it's the best Russian tradition,' Muscovite Yevgeny Goloshchapov said, a towel draped across his shoulders.
The tradition in recent years...
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