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Russia Revamps Public Holidays

Source: BBC
Posted: Friday, December 24, 2004
Most recent follow-up news item: July 10, 2013

The Russian parliament has adopted amendments to the Labour code which replace some existing public holidays, cancels others, and creates new ones.

The November 7, October Revolution Day, was abolished, and the Russian State Duma replaced it, introducing People's Unity Day on 4 November to commemorate the liberation of Moscow from Polish troops in 1612.

Constitution Day dedicated to the current constitution adopted in 1993 under President Boris Yeltsin, was also scrapped.

Of note is the introduction of a 10-day Christmas holiday at the beginning of January reflects the fact that many businesses would close anyway for New Year's Day until well after the Orthodox Christmas on 7 January.

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