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Russian State Duma votes to abandon permanent summer time

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Published 2-Jul-2014. Changed 22-Jul-14

Update July 22, 2014: Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed into law that the return of "winter time" will happen on October 26. Clocks will be moved back by 1 hour on that day.

Update July 9, 2014: The upper house of the Russian Parliament, the Federation Council has passed the law to eliminate permanent "summer time" in Russia. The law also establishes 2 new time zones bringing the number of time zones in the country from 9 to 11.

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The State Duma of the Russian Federation in Moscow.

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On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, the Russian State Duma voted to end the widely unpopular permanent "summer time" in Russia. The bill is yet to be voted by the upper house and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin.

If the bill is adopted, most Russians will move to permanent "winter time", or standard time, by setting their clocks 1 hour back on October 26, 2014. This is when most European countries will end Daylight Saving Time (DST).

The bill also introduces 2 new time zones for some regions that prefer to stay on permanent "summer time". This increases the number of time zones in Russia from 9 to 11.

The Federation Council, which is the Russian Parliament's upper house, will consider the bill for a vote on July 9.

Closer to the West

This change will reduce the time difference between Moscow and many western European countries by 1 hour. This means that Moscow time will move from UTC+4 to UTC+3.

Will replace unpopular time law

The recent vote overturns former President Dmitry Medvedev's move to end "winter time" in 2011 and to reduce the number of time zones in Russia.

According to law makers, Medvedev's permanent "summer time" policy caused stress and health issues for many Russians, especially those who lived in northern Russia. Medical studies showed an increase in morning road accidents in 2012 compared to previous years. The parliamentarians blamed the 2011 time change for this increase.

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