A video of Russian President Vladimir Putin attending an Orthodox Christmas Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow went viral on social media.
In the video, Putin can be seen standing in the cathedral alone, without his usual entourage of security personnel and officials.
The video has sparked a range of reactions on social media, with some praising Putin for his humility in attending the service alone, while others have pointed out that it he is scared of his life.
According to the information sighted on the internet, it was Vladimir Putin’s decision to worship alone.
The cathedral is regarded to be the safest place of worship in the entire Russian Federation.
The now-viral video that the Kremlin published has him standing by himself as Orthodox priests in golden robes conducted a ritual while carrying lengthy candles.
Putin’s forceful demand for a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine appears to have been rejected on the battlefield.
Although the Russian Defense Ministry claims its troops upheld the armistice, media sources suggest that after Putin’s deadline on Friday, both sides exchanged artillery fire in eastern Ukraine.
Even though the country is still at war, Ukrainians have attempted to celebrate a largely traditional Orthodox Christmas.
Hundreds of people showed up for the Christmas Day ceremony at Kyiv’s Pechersk Lavra Cathedral, despite the city’s capital experiencing below-freezing weather.
As a sign of defiance toward the Russian orthodox church, many people heard it for the first time in Ukrainian.
Regardless of the motivations behind Putin’s solo appearance at the service, the video has clearly cause many people to react, with some “Putin is scared.”
As the leader of Russia, Putin is no stranger to media attention, and this latest viral video is just one example of the many ways in which his actions and words are scrutinized by the public and the press.
Watch the video below.
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