Support The Moscow Times!

Russia to Switch to Permanent Winter Time

The State Duma voted to end Russia's brief stint on year-round summer time.

The State Duma voted in a final reading Tuesday to end Russia's brief stint on year-round summer time and return winter time to the country in October, after which Russians will stay on permanent winter time.

Russia had been on permanent daylight savings time since 2011, when an initiative by then-President Dmitry Medvedev saw clocks moved forward in the spring but not put back in the fall. That same move saw the number of time zones in the country reduced from 11 to nine.

From October, the clocks will not be changed twice a year, but will remain on winter time. The new legislation will also see the creation of another time zone.

When the bill to bring back winter time was submitted in January, lawmakers said Medvedev's initiative had caused increased stress and had a detrimental effect on the public's health.

See also:

Bill to Switch Russia to Winter Time Submitted to State Duma

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.