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<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>I've gone into
the archives of the tz mailing list to gather what<BR>information there is on
this question. A flurry of messages went out on the<BR>tz mailing list in
May and June, 2005 on the subject of Kazakhstan's time<BR>zones, when the
country announced the end of DST.<BR><BR>In 1996, according to a technical
publication of the International Air<BR>Transport Association, Kazakhstan split
into three time zones. Before that<BR>time, it had been all UTC+6 with
DST. Afterward, Aktau, Atyrau, and Uralsk<BR>oblasts (aka Mangghystau,
Atyrau, and West Kazakhstan) went to UTC+4, and<BR>Aktyubinsk (aka Aqtöbe) went
to UTC+5. In 2005, according to a<BR>correspondent in Kazakhstan, those
four oblasts united on UTC+5, as the<BR>entire country was dropping its
observance of DST.<BR><BR>So I think the answer is that Atyrau was in Asia/Aqtau
from 1996 to 2005.</FONT></FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>(I tried to
send this message two days ago, but it didn't get
through.)<BR><BR>-- Gwillim Law<BR><BR>----- Original Message
----- <BR>From: "Jesper Norgaard Welen" <</FONT><A
href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"><FONT face="Times New Roman"
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size=3>><BR><BR><BR>> # The zone closer to UTC is the former Western zone
(probably still called<BR>> the<BR>> # same), encompassing four provinces
in the west: Aqtobe, Atyrau,<BR>> # Mangghystau, and West Kazakhstan.
The other zone encompasses<BR>> # everything else.... I guess that
would make Kazakhstan time zones<BR>> # de jure UTC+5 and UTC+6
respectively.<BR>><BR>> Atyrau lies betwen the Aqtobe and Mangghystau
(Aqtau) regions. Do we know<BR>if<BR>> it followed Asia/Aqtobe or Asia/Aqtau
in the past?</FONT><BR></DIV></FONT></BODY></HTML>