According to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, a return to winter time, as advocated by many lawmakers and health campaigners, is impossible until after the 22nd Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi in February.
Switching to summer time is fraught with health problems, including a possible heart attack, according to a survey released by US scientists on Monday. In 2011, Russia stopped switching to seasonal daylight saving times, setting the clock permanently to summer time. The decision was endorsed by President Dmitry Medvedev who mentioned numerous complaints by ordinary people. TASS
On Sunday, Russia’s airline companies switch to summer flight timetable, which will be valid till October 27, 2012. Russia’s largest aviation company “Aeroflot-Russian airlines” will perform flights to 115 cities of Russia and other countries.
Early Sunday, most of the European countries advanced clocks by one hour to observe the European summertime. The three countries which have not done it are Iceland, Belarus and Russia. Last year Russia abolished switching to wintertime and its clocks stayed on summertime. Now time difference between Moscow and Paris, for example, is 2 hours.
All clocks in Ukraine were set one hour back on Sunday as the country switched to the winter daylight-saving time. Russia, on the contrary, abandoned the clock change. The time lag between Kiev and Moscow will now be two hours. (TASS)
The authorities of the Tokelau Islands, in the Pacific, have decided to skip December 30th and move from December 29th right to the 31st. Tokelau officially form part of New Zealand, but are almost 24 hours behind the main part of the country time wise.
The South Pacific island nation of Samoa will jump forward in time by 24 hours from December 29th this year. By doing so, Samoa will switch from the last to one of the planet’s first locations to see the coming of a new date.
Russia put its clocks one hour forward for the last time early on Sunday morning in line with last month’s presidential decree to revert to daylight saving time. Each of this country's nine time zones put their clocks forward at 2 am on Sunday.
Russians will set their clocks one hour forward in the early hours of Sunday, March 27th, to put paid to the 30-year old tradition of moving clock hands one hour forward in spring, and one hour backward, in autumn, says the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
On March 27, time in Russia will be transferred one hour ahead – for the last time now. Russia’s government has finally decided to stop the practice of putting time one hour ahead in the summer and one hour back in the winter, which has lasted for many years. Russia started this practice in 1917.
On March 27th, the Moscow Kremlin’s Spasskaya Tower clock will for the last time be set forward one hour. The transition to daylight saving time (DTS) was established in 1981 in an attempt to reduce energy consumption.
The United States is switching to daylight saving time at 2:00 a.m. in New York. It will be 10:00 a.m. in Moscow. Time will not change in Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico the Virgins Islands, Guam, Eastern Samoa and the Northern Marianas that use standard time all year round.
German experts support Russia’s decision to abstain from shifting from summer to winter time. They believe that tinkering with the clocks runs counter to a person’s natural biological rhythms, has detrimental health effects and is economically senseless.
President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has announced his intention to cancel the shift to winter time in his country starting from this autumn. Speaking at the meeting with young scholars in Moscow on Tuesday, Mr. Medvedev said his initiative might have a positive impact on people since the shift in time leads to stress and illnesses.
This country’s ruling United Russia party wants to cancel the annual switch to summer time, which doctors say is bad for the human health leading to stress, bad sleep and weakness. The switch to summer time was introduced here in 1981.
Starting in 2012, Russia may abandon its daylight savings system. An associated proposal by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade will be examined by the country’s government in late January-early February. By order of the ministry, a group of scientists found out that systematic time shifts may negatively affect human body.
We had the time change here in Russia this past weekend, something we are going through twice a year. Why do we have to have it? Is it all about energy efficiency? This is what we are going to talk about in this edition of the program.