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Time News in 2011

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Russia stay in summer time all year round

Published: 29th March 2011, 13:35 GMT

St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.

It is not the first time when Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has fiddled with time. Last time in 2010 the number of time zones were reduced from 11 down to nine to help ease local governance and communications with the capital.

This time President Dmitry Medvedev decreed Russia to stay in summer time in perpetuity after the spring summer time change. "I decided to cancel winter time transition from the upcoming autumn," he told in a conference of scientists where he announced that from next summer on will Russia stay in summer time all year round.

According to Mr. Medvedev, changing the clocks twice a year causes stress and illness among Russians. "It's just irritating, people either oversleep or wake up early and don't know what to do with the hour," he clarified. Mr. Medvedev continued giving another example of time change damage from animal kingdom: "I'm not talking about the unhappy cows or other animals who don't understand the time change and don't understand that the milkmaid is going to milk them at a different time."

Opinions from the Russian doctors have been supportive since the moving of the clocks back and forth disturbs natural body rhythms. Alexander Baranov, the head pediatrician at Russia's Ministry of Health was fully supportive of the President's decision. "Moving the clocks here and there has a bad influence on people's health, on their moods, and on their capacity to work," he said. "Children suffer particularly, when they have to wake up ahead of time."