Russian Lawmakers Call for Shift Closer to Greenwich Mean Time

Russia should move its clocks back an hour on Oct. 26 and make no seasonal changes after that, according to a proposal submitted to the parliament by the chairman of its health committee, Sergey Kalashnikov.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, while president in 2011, abolished daylight savings time, extending the time difference between Moscow and London to four hours when most of Europe sets clocks back in the winter from three hours the rest of the year. Medvedev said the change was intended to ease stress for farmers and dairy cows.

Medvedev’s decree disrupted Russians’ “biorhythms,” Kalashnikov, who has previously sought to overturn the law, wrote in a description attached to his draft. There are four proposals in parliament to revise Medvedev’s decision, Kalashnikov said in a phone interview, adding that they’re not aimed at undermining the prime minister. “My main concern is people’s health,” he said.

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