John Chandrapati: Sergei Pyatakov / RIA Novosti
U.S. Ambassador to Russia John huntsman, took part in the Epiphany bathing. He plunged into the baptismal font of the new Jerusalem monastery in Moscow, reports RIA Novosti.
Before the approach to the bath, the diplomat dressed in a blue Bathrobe and put on white boots, specially bought for the event, writes “Komsomolskaya Pravda”. American three times plunged and came out of the water to his wife, which prepared for him a towel and hot tea.
“I feel a great connection with the people of Russia! It is an unforgettable moment and experience” — quoted by his newspaper. The huntsman said that before bathing read about this tradition and watched videos on YouTube.
In addition to the Ambassador, swam seven more men from the Embassy and two women.
The huntsman was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Russia in October last year, succeeding John Tefft; before that, he worked in every presidential administration since Ronald Reagan. 57-year-old American profess Mormonism and holds a bachelor of arts degree in international politics. The politician and his wife Mary Kaye have seven children, including two adopted from China and India. It is known that before being appointed Ambassador to Russia, he knew Russian language.
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