Russian leaders attend Orthodox Christmas services

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have attended midnight church services celebrating Orthodox Christmas.

Medvedev and his wife Svetlana attended the high Mass presided over by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. On his Twitter account, Medvedev tweeted, "Merry Christmas to all Orthodox Christians."

Putin attended Midnight Mass at a village church near the southern Russian city of Sochi, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympic games.

Orthodox Christians who follow the ancient Julian calendar celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7.

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