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Putin Celebrates Orthodox Christmas With Surprise Church Visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to a Russian church in the Tver region Wednesday to celebrate the Orthodox Church's Christmas Eve. Eastern Orthodox Christians, many of whom live in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Greece, follow the old Julian calendar and celebrate religious holidays 13 days later than non-Orthodox Christians. While worshipers may have been shocked at the unexpected presence of the president in their midst Wednesday, Putin appeared calm and...

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