Russia Drops Daylight Saving Time

Country abandons practice held since '81
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2011 2:42 PM CST
This Monday Dec. 13, 2010 photo shows a street view in Saransk, the capital of the Mordovia region some 600 kilometers (350 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

(Newser) – Russia has decided to eliminate daylight saving time and will keep its clocks unchanged this October and beyond, UPI International reports. President Dmitry Medvedev said he decided to cancel the shift, which the country has practiced since 1981, because of potential "stress and illnesses" on people shifting their biological clocks. It's also a little less complicated for a country with nine time zones, notes Monsters & Critics.

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