Kazakhstan question

Gwillim Law RLAW at nc.rr.com
Sat Sep 16 02:17:13 UTC 2006

I've gone into the archives of the tz mailing list to gather what
information there is on this question.  A flurry of messages went out on the
tz mailing list in May and June, 2005 on the subject of Kazakhstan's time
zones, when the country announced the end of DST.

In 1996, according to a technical publication of the International Air
Transport Association, Kazakhstan split into three time zones.  Before that
time, it had been all UTC+6 with DST.  Afterward, Aktau, Atyrau, and Uralsk
oblasts (aka Mangghystau, Atyrau, and West Kazakhstan) went to UTC+4, and
Aktyubinsk (aka Aqtöbe) went to UTC+5.  In 2005, according to a
correspondent in Kazakhstan, those four oblasts united on UTC+5, as the
entire country was dropping its observance of DST.

So I think the answer is that Atyrau was in Asia/Aqtau from 1996 to 2005.

(I tried to send this message two days ago, but it didn't get through.)

--    Gwillim Law

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jesper Norgaard Welen" <jnorgard at prodigy.net.mx>

> # The zone closer to UTC is the former Western zone (probably still called
> the
> # same), encompassing four provinces in the west: Aqtobe, Atyrau,
> # Mangghystau, and West Kazakhstan.  The other zone encompasses
> # everything else....  I guess that would make Kazakhstan time zones
> # de jure UTC+5 and UTC+6 respectively.
> Atyrau lies betwen the Aqtobe and Mangghystau (Aqtau) regions. Do we know
> it followed Asia/Aqtobe or Asia/Aqtau in the past?
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