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Russia Cancels Winter Time Change

8. February 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Starting next autumn, Russian women (and men) will have more time to enjoy the afternoon sun.


President Dmitry Medvedev today announced that Russia will no longer set its clock backs in the winter, a move the president claims will eliminate stress and boost citizens’ overall health. 


“This (the time change) really disturbs the human biorhythm," said Medvedev. "It's just irritating. People either oversleep or wake up early and don't know what to do with the hour. We will have prolonged daylight and I think this will be healthy for our country. People have asked me for this several times.”


While the health benefits of the time change remain uncertain, Russians will indeed enjoy extra daylight in the winter. The AFP reports that Arkady Dvorkovich, the president's top economic advisor, estimated that Russian regions would see 7-17% more daylight in winter as a result of the decision.


Despite the so-called benefits of Medvedev’s plan, people like independent political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin are not impressed.


"It seems they are not managing to do serious things and do small things to create an illusion of activity,” he said. “In Russia, winter time is not the biggest problem and in any case the government should be looking after this and not the president."


Home to approximately 142 million people, Russia has a total of nine time zones.


Source: AFP