Russia turned back its clocks for the last time this weekend. Since 2011, the country has been “warming up” to the idea by keeping permanent summer time. Most Russians didn’t like having to put their clocks forward one hour and not being able to put them back in winter time. The deputy director of the Geography Institute, Arkady Tishkov, believes the latest change was carried out to please advertisers as it would result in more people watching television.
So now Russia will be closer to Europe as the difference between the capital and Greenwich Mean Time would only be three hours. Interesting note: When Crimea was annexed by Russia in March, their time was adjusted to match Moscow time.