Did Irkutsk NOT switch from IRKT to KRAST?

Tim Parenti tim at timtimeonline.com
Thu Mar 31 18:56:59 UTC 2011

I've been alerted to a couple reports that on 2011-03-22, the Russian
government decided NOT to allow the Irkutsk Oblast to transition from IRKT
(UTC+8) to KRAST (UTC+7+1) on 2011-03-27, and that instead Irkutsk
transitioned to IRKST (UTC+8+1) under the existing Russian DST rules and
plans to stay there for the time being like the rest of the country.  The
articles are in Russian, which I don't speak, but I've provided excerpted
Google translations below.  The reports follow:

http://www.irk.ru/news/20110325/time/ (2011-03-25)

Irkutsk region remains in its time zone

March 27 residents of the Irkutsk region with the rest of the Russians set
the clock forward one hour. Previously reported that the Angara will not
translate clock to daylight saving time and thereby reduce the difference
with Moscow, with 5:00 to 4. Irkutsk officials have prepared all necessary
documents. However, an official decision on this has not been signed. In
this case, the matter has not withdrawn completely, but only postponed


Irkutsk region is lost in time

After that we asked for comments to the Legislative Assembly of Irkutsk
region Yuri Faleichik, who confirmed this information and added that it is
the most painless for our scheme to reduce the time difference with the
capital from 5 to 4 hours.

And suddenly, on Tuesday revealed that information on the transition to
Krasnoyarsk time was premature!
The same Jury Faleichik told our newspaper:
- The decision to move the Irkutsk region in the time zone of the
Krasnoyarsk Territory Government is not accepted.

 Our source in the regional government said that the decision "not to move
to Krasnoyarsk time" was made in connection with the upcoming elections.

Tim Parenti
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