22 Mar 2010 19:03

Russia set to lose two time zones

MOSCOW. March 22 (Interfax) - Russia could lose two of its time zones when it moves its clocks one hour forward for daylight saving time (DST) on March 28.

Clocks will be set one-hour ahead at 2 a.m. on Sunday. DST will be in effect until October 31, the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology said in a press release on Monday.

However, several regions will not reset their clocks due to a government directive to reduce the number of time zones in Russia.

Kamchatka and Chukotka in Russia's Far East, which are nine hours ahead of Moscow today, will, come March 28, be eight hours ahead of the capital.

Kemerovo will join the time zone of Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tomsk and Altai and will be

three rather than four hours ahead of Moscow.

Udmurtia, another region which will not reset its clocks, will be included in Moscow's time zone.

President Medvedev proposed reducing the number of time zones in his state of the nation speech in November. Russia currently has 11 time zones.