Time Zones - Russia
Time Zones of Russia
The Moscow Standard Time Zone is now (October 26th 2014) 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time : GMT+3
All Russian cities Time Zones are specified relative to Moscow Time :
Current time in Moscow Time Zone (Russia)
Moscow Time: Clock showing current local time now in Moscow (Russia Time Zone 2) MSK
Russian Time Zones changes in 2014
On 26 October, 2014 all Russian Time Zones moved their clocks 1 hour back to permanent Standard time (winter time). From this point onwards Russians will remain on standard time and will no longer set their clocks forward.
There has also been an introduction of two new time zones for some regions of Russia that preferred to stay permanently on summer time. This change increased the number of time zones in Russia to 11 from 9.
The recent changes end former President Dmitry Medvedev's move to eliminate "winter time" in 2011 and to reduce the number of time zones in Russia.
There were a few special changes, please see below:
- Udmurtia and Samara Oblast remained on GMT+04:00, (thus reinstating Samara Time, MSK+1)
- Kemerovo Oblast remained on GMT+07:00 (went from Omsk to Krasnoyarsk Time)
- Zabaykalsky Krai moved back two hours to GMT+08:00 (went from Yakutsk to Irkutsk Time)
- Magadan Oblast moved back two hours to GMT+10:00 (went from Magadan Time, MSK+8 to Vladivostok Time, MSK+7)
- Chukotka Autonomous Okrug and Kamchatka Krai remained on GMT+12:00 (thus reinstating Kamchatka Time, MSK+9)
- There were parts of the Magadan Time zone that remained on MSK+8. They were given a new time zone name, Srednekolymsk Time, GMT+11.
Russia Standard Time Zones
The Russia Standard Time Zones are as follows:
|TZ||Time Zone Name||Zone Abbreviations||Time Zone||Area covered|
|1||Kaliningrad Time||USZ1||GMT+2||Kaliningrad Oblast|
|2||Moscow Time||MSK||GMT+3|| Most of European Russia |
Samara Oblast and Udmurtia
|3||Samara Time||SAMT||GMT+4||Samara Oblast and Udmurtia|
|4||Yekaterinburg Time||YEKT||GMT+5||Bashkortostan, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Khantia-Mansia, Kurgan Oblast, Orenburg Oblast, Perm Krai, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Tyumen Oblast, and Yamalia|
|5||Omsk Time||OMST||GMT+6||Altai Krai, Altai Republic, Novosibirsk Oblast, Omsk Oblast and Tomsk Oblast|
|6||Krasnoyarsk Time||KRAT||GMT+7||Kemerovo Oblast, Khakassia, Krasnoyarsk Krai and Tuva|
|7||Irkutsk Time||IRKT||GMT+8||Buryatia and Irkutsk Oblast|
|8||Yakutsk Time||YAKT||GMT+9||Amur Oblast, western Sakha Republic and Zabaykalsky Krai|
|9||Vladivostok Time||VLAT||GMT+10||The Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Khabarovsk Krai, Primorsky Krai, central Sakha Republic and Sakhalin Island|
|10||Srednekolymsk Time||SRET||GMT+11||Abyysky, Allaikhovsky, Momsky, Nizhnekolymsky, Severo-Kurilsky, Srednekolymsky and Verkhnekolymsky Districts|
|11||Kamchatka Time||PETT||GMT+12||Kamchatka Krai|
The only federal subjects to be in more than one time zone are the Sakha Republic, which is separated into areas which observe the Yakutsk, Vladivostok and Magadan time zones, and Sakhalin Oblast, which is in the Vladivostok (island Sakhalin) and Magadan time zones (Kuril Islands).