[tz] Belarus is listed in MSK timezone
dkazimirchyk at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 14:38:52 UTC 2015
On 4/2/15 4:13 PM, John Haxby wrote:
> In the case of Minsk, do people in that locale most often say and write
> "MSK" in the way that the Australians write "AEST" and the British
> "GMT"? What documentary evidence is there for both MSK and an alternative?
The entire country of Belarus has only one time zone, therefore we are
not dealing with time zones very often. I would say that in daily use
the most common term for describing local time zone is "Minsk time"
(Paul Eggert had already posted a number of links to sources using it to
describe time in Belarus). However there are no commonly used
abbreviations as to my knowledge. As far as abbreviations go most often
Belarus time zone is referred to as GMT+3 or UTC+3.
MSK abbreviation however is strongly associated with "Moscow" and
> This is completely apolitical, it's purely geographical. It's what
> people who regard their timezone as Europe/Minsk habitually use for the
> timezone identifier.
> Does that make sense?
It makes an absolute sense. The problem here is that Belarus (as to my
knowledge as a local) doesn't have habitual time zone abbreviation
(other than maybe GMT+3/UTC+3), however it does have habitual time zone
name which is "Minsk time". What I'm trying to say that it might be
wrong trying to force foreign time zone abbreviation which already has
strong associations with "Moscow time" in a local community (and as I've
mentioned previously is tied to a location inside another country and
changes following government decisions of that other country) to be used
to describe time in Belarus, effectively using TZ database as a tool to
inject this term.
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