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Medvedev says Russia has no plans to return to seasonal times

May 21, 2013, 8:11 UTC+3

“At this moment, the government doesn’t see any need for revising the decision,” Medvedev says

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MOSCOW, May 21 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has no plans to return seasonal ‘standard’ and ‘daylight saving’ times in the country.

“At this moment, the government doesn’t see any need for revising the decision /by which it eliminated the change of time from standard to daylight-saving and back - Itar-Tass/,” Medvedev says in an interview published by the Komsomolskaya Pravda popular daily.

He recalls the results of various research works showing that various research exposes a roughly the same number of proponents and opponents of living in a new system of time zones and seasonal times.

“Quite naturally, there are both pros and cons in this sphere,” Medvedev agrees but adds that if the clock in Russia is turned an hour back again, roughly the same percentage of people will be discontent then, too.

Along with this he made a reservation saying: “Still I don’t think that the problem has been taken off the agenda once and forever. “We changed time zones and times on quite a number of vacations in the course of the 20th century.”

“There’s no shuffling the cards all the time because as soon as we do it then the other half of the population will say, well, why on Earth did they do it?" he said.”

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