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Vladimir Putin Celebrates Orthodox Christmas (PHOTOS)

01/07/2011 11:35 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Christmas is traditionally a time for family -- and Russian diplomats are no exception.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin returned to his own roots yesterday in honor of the holiday, by attending a solemn Orthodox Christmas mass in the church of the Intercession of the Mother of God in the small village of Turginovo, in the country's Tver region. The Russian premier opted for a simple sweater, given to him as a gift by a local official.

According
to the Telegraph, Putin's ancestors have lived in Turginovo since the 17th century. The Russian premier's grandmother is even buried at a local cemetery. Like most eastern Christian nations, Russian Orthodox churches mark Christmas on Jan. 7, 13 days after Catholics and Protestants.

View photos of Putin marking Christmas here:

Vladimir Putin Celebrates Christmas
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