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March 29, 2010

Russia eliminates 2 time zones


Can your country do that?

Didn't think so.

Long story short: Russia's president yesterday decreed that in the interest of efficiency, the country was dropping two of its 11 time zones, going down to single digits like every other country in the world.

Up top, the way it was until the change.

According to a Reuters story, "As Russia adjusted its clocks forward one hour on Sunday morning to shift to summer time, its easternmost Chukotka and Kamchatka peninsulas, located near the U.S. state of Alaska, went from being nine hours ahead of Moscow to eight, joining the same time zone as the neighboring Magadan region.

"The Samara region on the Volga river and Udmurtia in the Urals โ€” the European part of Russia โ€” lost their own time zone one hour ahead of Moscow and were brought into line with Moscow time.

"Kemerovo, the only Siberian region four hours ahead of Moscow, joined a group of Siberian regions three hours ahead of the Russian capital.

"Russia occupies some 17 million square km (6.6 million square miles), making it by far the largest nation in the world, and covers more than a ninth of the Earth's land area.

"[Russian President] Medvedev has suggested that the number of Russia's time zones could eventually be reduced to just five."

March 29, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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