Home > Time Zones > Time Zone News > Russia back to Standard Time

Russia returns to Standard Time all year

RSS

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

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, the Russian State Duma voted to end the widely unpopular permanent "summer time" in Russia. President Vladimir Putin signed the law on July 22, 2014.

Illustration image
The State Duma in Moscow.
The State Duma of the Russian Federation.
©thinkstockphoto.com

Most Russians will move to permanent Standard Time, or “winter time”, by setting their clocks 1 hour back on October 26, 2014. This is the same date most Europeans end Daylight Saving Time (DST).

Current local time in Russia

But the Russians will only join in the setting back of the clocks this year. From then on they will remain on Standard Time (winter time) and will not be setting their clocks forward again 1 hour along with the rest of Europe in March 2015.

DST ends in Europe, October, 2014

DST ends in USA & Canada, November 2014

Two new Time Zones

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.

Replaces unpopular 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.

In this Article

Advertising

Time zones worldwide

You might also like

GMT or BST in the UK?

The UK is not on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) all year. During Daylight Saving Time the correct time zone is British Summer Time (BST). more

Autumn in the city park with clock.

Spring forward or fall back?

Which way do the clocks go? "Spring forward or fall back" is just one way to remember which way set the clocks for Daylight Saving Time (DST). more

Business watch and one hundred dollar bill

The History of Daylight Saving Time

The idea of making better use of natural daylight has stemmed back to the time of ancient civilizations. Today, daylight saving time (DST) is used in many countries. more