Former Soviet Union: Russian Time Warp

Russian Time Warp

For decades the Kremlin kept all air and rail transport in the U.S.S.R. on "Moscow time." Trains and planes arrived in and departed from the farthest reaches of an empire that sprawled over 11 time zones as if everything took place in the capital. Last week decommunized Moscow moved its clocks ahead one hour in a bid to save energy, but the other republics refused to follow. Result: mass confusion.

Trains leaving Moscow now reach neighboring republics one hour early, and then must wait until local time catches up. Trains headed for Russia depart one hour behind Moscow's clock and are...

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