Putin Attends Services In St. Petersburg As Orthodox Churches Worldwide Celebrate Christmas

EA crowd celebrates Christmas in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. RFE/RL

RFE/RL - 7/1/18 Russian President Vladimir Putin helped usher in the Orthodox Christmas at services at the Church of Saints Simeon and Anna in St. Petersburg. The Russian leader arrived after the session had begun late on January 6 and joined in the services as the clock turned to January 7 -- the date the Russian Orthodox ...

Christmas in Eastern Orthodox Church: Facts & Details

Sputniknews - 7/1/17 While most commonly Christmas is celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar, on December 25, the Eastern Orthodox Church observes the holiday using the old Julian calendar, on January 7. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The majority of those celebrating Eastern Orthodox Christmas on January 7 live in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, ...