[tz] Europe/Volgograd change from UTC+3 to UTC+4 from 28oct2018

Matt Johnson mj1856 at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 20 21:40:07 UTC 2018

Is it just Volgograd?  or will Saratov or Kirov oblasts follow?

From: tz <tz-bounces at iana.org> on behalf of Stepan Golosunov <stepan at golosunov.pp.ru>
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2018 1:11 PM
To: Paul Eggert
Cc: Time zone mailing list; Alexander Fetisov
Subject: Re: [tz] Europe/Volgograd change from UTC+3 to UTC+4 from 28oct2018

20.09.2018 в 11:10:40 -0700 Paul Eggert написал:
> Alexander Fetisov wrote:
> > Volgograd region in southern Russia (Europe/Volgograd) change timezone
> > from UTC+3 to UTC+4 from 28oct2018.
> >
> > http://sozd.parliament.gov.ru/bill/452878-7
> Thanks for the heads-up and the URL. Its supporting info says the transition
> occurs at 02:00 that day, the usual practice in that region.
> That web page says "Находится на рассмотрении" which Google Translate
> renders as "Is pending", and it later says "Срок представления поправок
> 10.10.2018" which Google Translate renders as "Term for the submission of
> amendments 10/10/2018", so it sounds like the bill is under consideration
> but is not yet law and might be amended. Am I correct? If so, we need to
> know if and when the proposed change becomes definite.

The bill is just approved by the State Duma in the first reading.  It
will need to be approved in the second reading.  That's usually the
time when such bills are amended.  Then in will need to be approved by
the Federation Council, signed by President and published.

> If we're pretty sure the law will go in as-is, we might want to update tzdb
> before October 10 since this is not much notice for downstream users.

According to http://council.gov.ru/activity/meetings/schedule/63303/
the first time the Federation Council convenes after 2018-10-10 is
2018-10-24.  This leaves just 3 days for the law to be signed by
President if passed as-is.  IIRC, the bill that changed time zone for
Saratov was in similar situation and was amended in the second reading
by delaying the change a week or two.
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