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Russian Supreme Court Supports Summer Time Law
27.03.2013 21:20
Russian Supreme Court Supports Summer Time Law

On Tuesday, Russian Constitutional Court rejected an appeal to cancel the year-round summer time pattern established by the government in 2011.

      The complaint had been filed by the League for Defense of Patients, which claimed the government's decision does not comply with Russian and international laws and negatively affects citizens' lives, health and recreation habits.

      After the Supreme Court' decision, Alexander Saversky, head of the League for Defense of Patients, said, the organization will appeal it. "We just try to defend the right of citizens for normal sleep", he said.

      The Federal Law on the Computation of Time, which cancels the daylight savings time, was introduced by the then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, and came into force in Russia on June 9, 2011. The law also reduced the number of time zones in Russia from 11 to 9.

      The decision to switch to "permanent summer time" was made after studies showed that daylight saving puts unnecessary strain on public health, the government claimed at the time. However, the law was widely critisized both by specialists and common people, and it is still considered as one of the lamest laws in the Russian modern legislation.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian law Russian legislation Russian society Russian politics  

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