During two decades in power, Putin generally has marked Christmas outside Moscow, often at relatively little-known provincial churches.
Special uniforms have been designed for the new roster of employees and will allow them to choose between wearing a skirt or trousers in the driving seat.
Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport on Thursday opened its newly reconstructed runway.
After the official opening and the ribbon cutting by senior managers at the airport, dozens of airfield vehicles marked the event.
Moscow is a city of many facets but, to all who visit, the iconic domes of St. Basil's Cathedral and majestic sweep of Red Square do add up to a bewitching mix of monumentality and mystery.
Russia said it had detained a police colonel from Dagestan on terrorism offences after accusing him of aiding a suicide bomber in a 2010 attack on the Moscow metro.
Russia has the fourth-highest virus caseload in the world with a total of 1.3 million registered infections, and more than 23,000 deaths.
Khrushchev once said he hoped his father would have supported his becoming a U.S. citizen. “After all, it’s not as if I’m defecting," he said.