Russia: Boredom & the Five-Day Week

As part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Revolution last year, the Soviet government announced that Russian workers would begin working a five-day week. They would still work the same 41 hours they had been working, but would compress them into five instead of six days and take two days off. The plan had one obvious advantage: it meant that Russia's work force of 110 million could have an extra day of leisure without stunting production.

Last week Pravda announced that things have not turned out quite that way.

The five-day week has become as much a curse...