In a documentary, President Vladimir Putin noted that his mother had him baptized as a child in secret from his father, who was a member of the Communist Party in the factory where he worked.
"My mother baptized me in secret from my father, who was a member of the Communist Party … It touched on me personally and my family," Putin said.
Apparently, Putin's father would have faced problems if the authorities had found out that he was baptized.
According to the Russian website, the documentary "focuses on the revival of the church over the last 25 years in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Kazakhstan".
"In January, 2012, a few months before the presidential election, Putin visited the monastery in the Leningradsky region that houses the famous Tikhvin icon of the Mother of God, known as Russia's patron and defender and healer of sick and ailing people."
"The president bowed by the icon and lit a candle".
"In November 2011, the Virgin Mary's Cincture — a belt believed to have been worn by Jesus' mother — was brought to Russia from Greece, and Putin was first to venerate the shrine, RBC reported".
(themoscowtimes.com - hungarianambiance.com)