Russia Halting Daylight Saving Time Changes

Russia, the world's largest country by land mass, will not turn its clocks back this fall, when most countries in the Northern Hemisphere are ending Daylight Saving Time for 2011. The country will start DST on March 27 but not restore the hour in October, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced Feb. 8. He had proposed taking the action last year when he ordered the elimination of two time zones in Russia, saying the action would solve communications and transportation issues.

"I have decided to stop changing the clocks over for winter starting from this fall, and I have given this instruction to the government," he said at a presentation of presidential science and innovations awards, according to a report posted by the Itar-Tass News Service. "When the clocks change over for summer or for winter, people experience a stress and may develop an ailment. So the unchanged time would have a positive effect," he said.

Every European country except Iceland observes Daylight Saving Time.

Posted by Jerry Laws on Feb 08, 2011