Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Putin Baptized as an Infant

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Russian President Vladimir Putin was baptized as an infant during the communist era, he told a newspaper. Putin, a candidate for president in the March elections, said his mother had him baptized in the Russian Orthodox Church, without his father's knowledge, when he was a few months old. "My mum and her neighbour in the communal apartment where we lived took me to church without telling my father, he was a Communist Party member, and baptized me," Putin told the Komsomolskaya Pravda paper. He has visited church on a few occasions since assuming the presidency after Boris Yelstin resigned and said he wants his children to "sample" religion, the paper said. Putin has promised to uphold democratic reforms, including religious freedom, but his real beliefs are still unknown by many. Some religious rights observers have said they fear he will take the country back to a dictator state. (From Crosswalk)

Time will tell. May his baptism as an infant remind him of his needs and duties as an adult.

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