Source: Moscow News (Moscow)
Russia's State Duma has rejected a bill tabled by United Russia deputy, Valery Zakharyashchev, that would increase the May public holidays from 1 to 4 days, while reducing the Western New Year public holidays from 5 to 2 days.
The New Year public holidays were amended in late 2004 to last for 5 consecutive workdays (30-Dec-2004), however sue to the proximity of the January 7 Orthodox Christmas, the New Year public holidays usually end-up lasting from 8 to 10 days (28-Nov-2008).
The head of United Russia's labour and social policies committee, Andrei Isayev, is reported as saying that the proposal needed more work, and that the bill was unlikely to be passed in the near future.
Moving public holidays is a popular initiative with State Duma. A similar bill was tabled last fall (16-Nov-2008), and the speaker of the Federation Council, Sergei Mironov, has on numerous occasions stated that December 31 should be made a public holiday. In the month of December 2008, the Duma rejected more than 10 bills that called for Russia's public holidays to be changed or moved.
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