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The country will permanently adopt winter hours from now on.

Russia turn backs the clock one last time

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 11:42 AM - Daylight Saving Time has come to an end in Russia.

The country will now adopt winter hours permanently.

The Soviet Union first implemented Daylight Saving Time in 1981.

In 2011, former President Dmitry Medvedev reduced the total number of time zones down to nine and kept summer all year round. The entire country put their clock forwards during the spring but did not bring them back in November. The argument made by then President Medvedev was that changing the time twice every year disrupts people's biorhythms. However, Russians living close to the Arctic circle were very unhappy with the change as it forced them to live most of their lives in darkness.

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The change back was announced at a news conference in Moscow where representatives of the Russian Academy of Sciences said that the new Russian time would allow them to be closer to Europe as the difference between the capital city and Greenwich Mean Time only by three hours.

Alongside adopting Winter time, officials also announced they would be reverting back to eleven time zones.

Changes could help health

While many people assume that changing the clock is only forcing them to wake up an hour earlier or later, the truth is that daylight saving time has a substantial effect on human health.

A study funded by the UK National Prevention Research Initiative found that having later sunsets in the day could have positive effects on children's health.

Over 23,000 children aged 5-16 were studied in nine countries. The data showed that a later sunset contributed to 15-20 per cent more physical activity during the day which in turn decreased obesity and other related health issues.

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