How do Russians manage to survive in this climate?

A man bathes in icy water of Kravtsovo lake at air temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius (5 F). Across Russia, Orthodox believers marked Epiphany by immersing themselves in icy water regardless of the weather and temperatures well below zero.

A man bathes in icy water of Kravtsovo lake at air temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius (5 F). Across Russia, Orthodox believers marked Epiphany by immersing themselves in icy water regardless of the weather and temperatures well below zero.

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The word “Russia” immediately triggers an association with Siberian frosts. There are some examples of the Russian reality during the cold season..