[tz] Belarus is listed in MSK timezone

Dzmitry Kazimirchyk dkazimirchyk at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 05:05:00 UTC 2015

I see this approach as violently discriminatory. Although Belarus did 
formally declared independence in 1990 it took time to implement it and 
real independence was achieved only in December 1991 with disolvation of 
the Soviet Union. MSK used on the territory of current Belarus back then 
always meant "Moscow time" and there was no real concept or name such as 
"Minsk time" back then, so the "conservative" approach doesn't really 
apply here.

Dzmitry Kazimirchyk

On 4/2/15 2:07 AM, Paul Eggert wrote:
> On 04/01/2015 01:09 PM, Tim Parenti wrote:
>> I cannot think of another case where we have applied the designation
>> of a neighboring country to a region that has not itself changed its
>> timekeeping rules.
> The situation here is not unprecedented.  The tz database used MSK/MSD
> for Europe/Minsk at UTC+3/4 even after Belarus's independence from the
> Soviet Union in July 1990.  And this continued a longstanding practice
> of using MSK/MSD to denote Minsk time at UTC+3/4, going all the way back
> to 1930.  The conservative approach here is to continue to use the same
> abbreviation.

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