Re coming Russian-Belarusian-Ukrainian timezone change

Yury Tarasievich yury.tarasievich at
Sat Sep 24 06:24:06 UTC 2011

On 09/24/2011 12:01 AM, Steve Allen wrote:
> On Fri 2011-09-23T22:53:10 +0200, Tobias Conradi hath writ:
>> IIRC UTC and not GMT is the basis for most time legislation that is
>> currently in place.
> It would be interesting to find reliable indicators about whether UTC
> or GMT is the basis in any given region.  Even recently I've seen
> official decrees using the geographic terms "meridian" and "Greenwich".

The (semantic) distinction between Greenwich and 
Universal time is just one of those subtleties 
that gets usually lost in these parts of the 
world. The expression "(time) by Greenwich" (/po 
Grinvichu/) is established in the language 
(which's why I used it instead of UTC, which was 
incorrect technically).

In fact, the standard nomenclature here (in 
Russian) is "0th meridian" and "time belts". 
There are 24 "time belts" (/chasovoy poyas/) 
approximately corresponding to 15 deg. wide 
meridianal stripes.

As to the potential users: I'd guess that almost 
the only folks *here* really knowing the meaning 
of EEST/EEDT abbreviature are the IT specialists 
and most of the unix users. Windows users know 
how to select UTC+2 (Minsk,Athens,...) from the 


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