Here's Why Russia Won't Turn Back Its Clocks Ever Again

Dmitri Medvedev

Unlike the rest of Northern Europe, Russia did not put its clocks back this weekend, reports the BBC.

President Dimitry Medvedev had made the decision to forgo daylight savings earlier this year, citing a report the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. The report found that when the clocks are changed, the number of heart attacks increases by 1.5 times and the rate of suicides grows by 66 per cent.

The decision to stay on summer time, however, caused a minor fiasco. Many computers and smartphones change their times automatically, and train services to the Ukraine totally broke down (the Ukraine had backed out of the “eternal summer” just 10 days before).

As one blogger noted “Now twice a year I will have to readjust all my toys manually to override the automatic changes that will continue until the piece of equipment dies. And when I do have to buy a new gadget, I’ll have to ask the question: Does this still have that old function of changing the time in Russia?”

So what’s it all about?

In the Moscow Times, Alexander Bratersky provides some fascinating analysis of Medvedev’s decision. The takeaway? It may end up being the one thing that Medvedev is remembered for. And for someone that reformist once had high hopes for, that’s pretty sad.

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