Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends Christmas service at the Transfiguration Cathedral in St Petersburg, Russia.
The Prime Minister arrived at the cathedral at midnight, when it was already full of parishioners.
By tradition, Vladimir Putin attends Orthodox Christmas services in the churches of various Russian cities and towns. In 2011, he celebrated Christmas at the Church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in the village of Turginovo, Tver Region. In 2010, he attended the service in the church of the Holy Martyrs Alexander and Antonina of Rome in the village of Selishche, Kostroma Region. In 2009, he visited the Purification of Virgin Mary Church in Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia. In 2007 and 2008, as President, Vladimir Putin attended the Christmas service at the St Prokopius Cathedral, the main church of Veliky Ustyug, and at the New Jerusalem Monastery outside Moscow.
More on the Russian Faith:
St Petersburg's Cathedral of the Lord's Transfiguration of All the Guards was built by architect Vasily Stasov in 1828 on Preobrazhenskaya Square, which was the courtyard of the Preobrazhensky Regiment's Grenadier Company in the 1730s. The cathedral, which is associated with the glory of the Russian army, is surrounded by a fence made of 102 bronze cannons from the walls of the Turkish forts captured in the Russian-Turkish War of 1828-1829.
Vladimir Putin's Christian Faith - in his own words
The Unknown Putin. Part 1
The Unknown Putin Part 2
Russians Defend Christianity / защиту веры
Putin Supported by Russia / За Путина!
Medvedev hits back at Romney
President Medvedev Reforms in Russia
Russian Democracy (English subtitles) 2012
Putin Victory Day Speech May 9, 2012 (English subtitles)
Highlights Moscow Victory Parade and Fireworks 2012
Honoring the Millions of Russians Killed in WWII 2012
Putin's Presidential Speech (English)Then Military Parade 2012
The Eleven Orders of Putin: Earmarks for Russia's development in the next six years
President Putin's Oath, Blessed by Patriarch 2012 http://youtu.be/ixOCQ8kerUU
Putin, Exxon and Rosneft / Путин,Экссон и Роснефть 2012
Putin Blessed by Patriarch Kirill http://youtu.be/6E_TgRPByPo
Easter 2012 President Medvedev & Prime Minister Putin
Patriarch grateful to Putin and Medvedev at Easter
Medvedev attends consecration
Christian martyrs of Soviet persecutions - 1918 1939 †
Butovo, Christian Martyrs of the 20th Century
Song of Penitence for Russia
Holy Light (Holy Fire) in Jerusalem: Proofs & Testimonies