On January 7, Vladimir Putin took part in the folk Christmas festivities in St. Petersburg, writes the news portal Interfax. The President visited the Peter and Paul Fortress and fired a cannon. It is worth noting that, together with the head of state, the honorary builder of Russia, Vladimir Bendet, fired a gun from a D-30 gun. Bendet January 7th was 85 years old. He received congratulations from Putin and a pen as a gift. In addition, the president talked with students of the Suvorov School, and on the eve participated in a night liturgy in the Transfiguration Cathedral of St. Petersburg.