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Does Russia have too many time zones?

Whenever somoene tries to express just how freaking big Russia’s territory is, the phrase “11 time zones” inevitably comes up. But that may be changing soon: The time difference between Moscow and Vladivostok might be cut to four hours from the current seven if a Primorye region lawmaker gets his way. Gennady Lazarev, a United ...

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Whenever somoene tries to express just how freaking big Russia’s territory is, the phrase “11 time zones” inevitably comes up. But that may be changing soon:

The time difference between Moscow and Vladivostok might be cut to four hours from the current seven if a Primorye region lawmaker gets his way. Gennady Lazarev, a United Russia deputy and rector of the Vladivostok State Economics and Service University, said the change would promote economic ties between Moscow and the Far East.

“Our working day ends when it starts in Moscow. It’s both inconvenient for us and Moscow,” he said in a statement published on his university’s web site.

Lazarev also said the time difference created many inconveniences for businessmen and politicians who travel often between Moscow and the Far East. A change would ease traffic jams in Vladivostok because some organizations would start their working days earlier, at 6 a.m or 7 a.m., he said. He said he had the support of several colleagues and promised to raise the issue in the Primorye region legislature.

I see why that would be annoying, though it will probably be pretty confusing if various Russian regions start changing their time zone unilaterally. Then again, the opposite extreme — China’s system of having a 3,000 mile long country all in one zone — is equally silly.

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