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Russians protest Kremlin time zone plan

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 10:27 am

Several dozen people on the Russian Pacific coast on Saturday rallied against a Kremlin plan to cut the number of time zones to further the sprawling country’s economic integration.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev delivers a speech as he presents the Federal Security Service flag in Moscow on December 17, 2010.

President Dmitry Medvedev surprised the country last year when during his state-of the-nation address he suggested cutting the number of time zones in order to improve coordination across Russia.


At the time of his announcement, the country spanned 11 time zones from Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea to Chukotka on the Bering Sea and earlier this year the number of time zones fell to nine.


Under the Kremlin plan, the country’s Primorye region on the Pacific is to go from being seven hours ahead of Moscow to six next year after Medvedev’s initiative was rubber-stamped by a local legislature.


Most local residents are however unhappy about the move which would mean reduced hours of daylight in the evening and several dozen campaigners including from opposition parties gathered in central Vladivostok to protest against the plan.


Some of the slogans spotted at the rally read “We are not vampires. We do not want to live at night” and “The president’s message: outrun and outdo time.”


In nearby Sakhalin region, which is also seven hours ahead of Moscow, campaigners have already collected several thousand signatures against the Kremlin initiative.


Medvedev has said eliminating time zones could help the residents of some remote Russian regions but critics have derided his idea as silly and proof that he is a weak leader incapable of implementing substantive reforms.


Russia was divided into 11 time zones in 1919. The Soviet Union introduced daylight saving in 1981 and it has continued ever since.


The elimination of the time zone will be accomplished by having residents not set their clocks forward when Russia switches to daylight savings time in March.


Galina Medvedeva, a deputy representing the Communist party in the local legislature, said at the protest the plan did not take people’s opinion into account.


“If they cancel switching from summer to winter time then it will be getting dark in our region virtually in the middle of the day,” she added.


The remote region bordering China has tight economic ties with Asia and its residents often scoff at the Kremlin’s initiatives, their independent streak sometimes manifesting itself in mass rallies unseen in central Russia.


In 2008, authorities had to dispatch riot police all the way from Moscow to break up a protest against higher tariffs on used imported cars.

Source: SGGP

Mrs. World 2009 meets with Russians in HCMC

In Vietnam Culture on November 27, 2009 at 2:28 am

Mrs. World 2009 Victoria Radochinskaya on November 25 paid a visit to her compatriots at the Russian Federation Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City. During the meeting, she told Sai Gon Giai Phong that she was very impressed with Vietnam and its people.








Mrs. World 2009 Victoria Radochinskaya holds a baby in her arms at the Russian Federation Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on November 25. (Photo: SGGP)

The 30-year-old former public relations director met with 20 Russian children and their parents in a small room at the consulate where she was showered with flowers and toys from the families. 


A boy read a poem about a mother and child, which the pageant winner said made her miss her own young son back in Russia.


Speaking at the meeting, Russian Consul General Nikolai D. Ubushiev congratulated Radochinskaya on her recent win of the Mrs. World title in Vung Tau city and presented her with souvenirs.


Radochinskaya said that Vietnam is a wonderful country with many attractions and that Vietnamese people are very friendly. Everyone made her feel at home during her month-long stay here, she added. 


Moreover, Vietnam organized a very successful Mrs. World 2009 Pageant, said Radochinskaya.


Vietnamese women are beautiful and intelligent, she said, adding that Vietnamese women in particular and Asian women in general sacrifice much for their families.


Radochinskaya said she doesn’t think it’s bad for women to want to be beautiful, however, natural beauty is better and women should develop their self-confidence.


Her husband was hesitant about the pageant at first, said Radochinskaya, but he soon changed his mind and supported her fully. Her son would call often to encourage her during her trip to Vietnam, she added.


If she ever has the chance to come back, Radochinskaya says she would bring along her family.


Asked about her daily schedule, Radochinskaya said that she starts working at 9 am and finishes at 6 pm. She spends the remainder of the day with her family.


By winning the Mrs. World title, Radochinskaya says she will now have the chance to help more poor people.

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