Orthodox Christians around the world are celebrating one of the most important religious holidays on Jan 7. Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed believers on the occasion.

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"I whole-heartedly congratulate you on Christmas. This holiday brings joy and hopes to millions of believers, reminds them of their spiritual roots and their ancestors' traditions. it also unites people around lasting values, historical and cultural legacy of our nations spanning centures," said Mr. Putin.

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The editors of the website of the Russia - Islamic World group wishes all Christians a Merry Christmas!