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Russia bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 5 months of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Russia Public Holidays in 2018
Jan.  1 Mon New Year's Day
      2 Tue New Year Holiday
      3 Wed New Year Holiday
      4 Thu New Year Holiday
      5 Fri New Year Holiday
      7 Sun Orthodox Christmas Day
      8 Mon Orthodox Christmas Holiday (day in lieu)
Feb. 23 Fri Motherland Defenders' Day
Mar.  8 Thu Women's Day
      9 Fri Public Holiday
Apr. 30 Mon Public Holiday (workday moved to Sat. Apr. 28)
May   1 Tue Labor Day
      2 Wed Public Holiday
      9 Wed Victory Day
June    Mon Public Holiday (workday moved to Sat. June 9)
        Tue Russia Day
Nov.    Sun Unity Day
        Mon Unity Day Holiday
Dec.    Mon Public Holiday (workday moved to Sat. Dec. 29)
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

18 Oct 2017 Russian 2018 Public Holidays Gazetted (ITAR-TASS-Moscow) The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, has signed and officially gazetted its previously-announced annual "Government Resolution On The Transfer Of Public Holidays in 2018" (Decree No.1250 of October 14, 2017), which lists the official non-working public holidays and bridge holidays in Russia for the upcoming calendar year 2018.  14 Sep 2017 Russian 2018 Public Holidays Approved (ITAR-TASS-Moscow) The Government of the Russian Federation has reviewed and approved the last spring's draft decision by the Russian Ministry of Labor to postpone the days off in 2018, in the context of the announcement of the list of official non-working public holidays in Russia in the calendar year 2018.  14 May 2017 Russian 2018 Public Holidays Decree (ITAR-TASS-Moscow) The Russian Ministry of Labor has released a draft decree for the Russian government to postpone the days off in 2018, in the context of the announcement of the list of official non-working public holidays in Russia in the calendar year 2018.  17 Mar 2017 Russian 2018 Public Holidays Announced (ITAR-TASS-Moscow) The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation has released its annual "Government Resolution On The Transfer Of Public Holidays in 2018", which, as usual, proposes a draft list of official public holidays and bridge holidays in Russia for the upcoming calendar year 2018.  04 Aug 2016 Russian 2017 Public Holidays Gazetted (ITAR-TASS-Moscow) The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, has signed and officially gazetted its previously-announced annual "Government Resolution On The Transfer Of Public Holidays in 2017" (Decree No.756 of August 4, 2016), which lists the official non-working public holidays and bridge holidays in Russia for the upcoming calendar year 2017.  08 Jul 2016 Russian 2017 Public Holidays Confirmed (ITAR-TASS-Moscow) At the last meeting of the Russian tripartite commission on the regulation of social and labor relations, representatives of the government, employers' associations, and trade unions, reviewed and approved the last month's draft decision by the Russian government to postpone the days off in 2017, in the context of the announcement of the list of official non-working public holidays in Russia in the calendar year 2017.  07 Jun 2016 Russian 2017 Public Holidays Announced (ITAR-TASS-Moscow) The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation has released its annual "Government Resolution On The Transfer Of Public Holidays in 2017", which, as usual, proposes a draft list of official public holidays and bridge holidays in Russia for the upcoming calendar year 2017.  26 Sep 2015 Russian 2016 Public Holidays Gazetted (ITAR-TASS-Moscow) The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation has officially gazetted its previously-announced annual "Government Resolution On The Transfer Of Public Holidays in 2016" (Decree No.1017 of September 24, 2015), which lists the official non-working public holidays and bridge holidays in Russia for the upcoming calendar year 2016.  19 Jun 2015 Russian 2016 Public Holidays Announced (ITAR-TASS-Moscow) The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation has released its annual "Government Resolution On The Transfer Of Public Holidays in 2016", which as usual proposes a draft list of official public holidays and bridge holidays in Russia for the upcoming calendar year 2016.  10 Nov 2014 Russia Mulls December 31 Public Holiday (ITAR-TASS-Moscow) A bill has been introduced to the Russian State Duma which would make amendments to the Labor Code concerning national holidays, and in particular declare December 31 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Russia.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Russia public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Russia are partially governed (see below) by the 2006 Act No. 90-FZ of 30 June 2006 to amend the Labour Code of the Russian Federation (Text No. 2878, Sobranie Zakonodatel'stva, 2006-07-03, No. 27, pp. 7528-7627) which made wholesale changes to the public holidays in Russia, as set in Article 112 of Russia's Labour Code, such as repealing the 1992 Ordinance No. 2981-I to declare 12 June a public holiday (Text No. 1393) and cancelling the November 7th public holiday.  Bridge Public Holidays: The principle was established by Act No. 2-FZ of 18 January 2001 to supplement section 65 of the Labour Code (Text No. 274, Sobranie Zakonodatel'stva, 2001-01-22, No. 4, p. 997) which gave the possibility for the Government to transfer public holidays some other days, joining them with the next non-working days. Technically, this Act was repealed by the Labour Code of 30 December 2001, but the process, if anything, is getting more and more systematic every year, although these bridge public holidays are often declared during the current year (and then sometimes only just before), Russia will sometimes work on a Saturday or Sunday in order to bridge a public holiday that falls on a Tuesday or Thursday.  Weekend Public Holidays: The occurrence of public holidays on a weekend is regulated by Ordinance No. 65 of 29 december 1992 to clarify several questions relating to the report of weekly holidays which coincide with public holidays (Bjulleten, 1992-11, No. 11-12, pp. 58-60), which provides that weekly holidays which coincide with public holidays are reported to the following day.  Since the October 6, 2006 amendments to the Russian Labor Code, the federal government may now change the days on which public holidays fall, but any changes must be officially published no later than one month prior to the commencement of the calendar year in which it falls. Changes may only be adopted during the current calendar year if they are published no later than two months prior to the date to which the public holiday is to be moved.  Traditionally, but not always systematically, if a holiday falls on a Thursday or a Tuesday, the adjacent Friday or Monday were moved on a Sunday or Saturday, thus making a long weekend followed by an extended, black workweek.  International Women's Day (March 8) was created by the Soviet Union to celebrate women’s achievements at factories and in crop fields, operating heavy agricultural machinery and breaking out from domestic slavery. Despite recent attempts by greeting card makers and florists, there is very little romantic connotation attached to it. Due to its origins, this date is predominantly recognised in the countries with a Soviet background, where it often, but not always, remains an official holiday: Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cuba, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, but especially Bulgaria, Romania and Russia. In Slavic countries, yellow Mimosa flowers are the symbol of the day.  Victory Day (May 9) was proclaimed in 1965 by Leonid Brejnev shortly after his accession to the supreme leadership of the Soviet Union. This new holiday was intended to be more of a patriotic holiday than a marxist one .  Replacement of Nov. 7 by Nov. 4. In Soviet times, November 7 was the main public holiday commemorating the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Celebrations under communism involved huge military parades and demonstrations observed by Soviet leaders on Lenin's mausoleum on Red Square. After the collapse of communism, November 7 was renamed National Reconciliation Day, but was only celebrated by hard-line left-wingers, who continued to mark it by marching on the streets under red banners. In 2004, the Russian parliament replaced National Reconciliation Day with National Unity Day on November 4, a pre-revolutionary public holiday commemorating the liberation of Moscow from Polish troops in 1612, which ended decades of civil war and foreign intervention in Russia.  The second Sunday of March is one of the two universal election days in Russia in any particular year, along with the second Sunday of October, under a law introduced in August 2005. Under another law, however, elections cannot be held on a day immediately after a public holiday .  Sami National Day, not an official public holiday, was set to be celebrated on February 6th, on the occasion of the 15th Sami conference in Helsinki in 1992. The Sami national day is common for all Sami, irrespective of where they live, whether in Sweden, Norway, Finland or Russia. The national day was celebrated for the first time in 1993 .  Russia International Codes RU and RUS (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .ru (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Russia information and news: Central Bank of Russia (Russia central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Russia maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Russia), and Wikipedia (includes Russia commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in Russia, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Russia, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to Russia.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2018 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Russia, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Russia, before planning any trip to Russia. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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