Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center

Epiphany swim in Danube and RSHC

The traditional swimming on Orthodox holiday of Epiphany was hold in Serbia despite the extreme low temperatures and ice cold rivers. The main one was on Danube in Zemun (Belgrade). There was the solemn liturgy and procession leaded by the Serbian Patriarch Irinej. He blessed the participants and baptismal font. The Epiphany swim in Zemun has twenty-year history, and the first one in Serbia was carried out in the late 19th century. More than 230 people (among them 2 women) were swimming.

At the request of Zemun administration RSHC representatives came with full equipment and rescue boat. They explored the swim path, took out ice floes and other dangerous items.

Russian rescuers Nikita Potapov and Pavel Terehov pointed huge amount of Serbs what came to the event and their high emotional level. They shouted: “God is with us… For Serbia, for Republic Srpska, for Russia!” and jumped to the cold water.

At the end of the event, Serbian Patriarch Irinej personally awarded the Center leadership by memorial cross - a reward for its work and for “the aid to the Serbian people.” Cross will be kept in RSHC museum.

This is a very high honour, which obliges all Center staff to work harder for both of our nations!