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Zabaykalsky to Make Time Zone Change on March 27, 2016


Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, signed a time zone change into law for the region of Zabaykalsky in Siberia on December 30th, 2015. The change is set to take effect on March 27th, 2016 at 2:00 am local time (which is March 26th, 2016 at 18:00 in UTC).

The change will move the entire region of Zabaykalsky from the Irkutsk Time (IRKT) zone to the Yakutsk Time Zone (YAKT), and it will also affect the offset, changing it from +0800 to +0900. The primary cities that will be affected by this change include Zabaykalsky, Chita and Aginskoye.

Several other time zone changes are planned for various regions of Russia, however, most are not considered official yet.

Astrakhan Oblast, which is located in southern Russia, will also see a time change thanks to federal law. That change is also scheduled to happen on March 27, 2016.

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