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Russia Mulls Public Holiday Date Change

Source: ITAR-TASS (Moscow)
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A bill has been introduced to the Russian State Duma which would make amendments to the Labor Code concerning national holidays, and in particular change the date of Russia Day from June 12 to a "more significant date in national history".

Russia Day, corresponding to the declaration of Russia's state on June 12, 1990, was made into a non-working public holiday in Russia in 1994 by then President Boris Yeltsin, and escaped the major re-shuffling of Russian public holidays of the middle of last decade (2004-12-30, 2004-12-24, 2004-12-16, 2004-11-23 and 2004-10-28).

Some of the dates proposed as replacement for June 12 are: September 21, the day the Russian state was founded, and July 28, the day Ancient Rus was Christianized, a date which has often been mentioned in the past as a possible non-working public holiday in Russia (2010-06-02 and 2010-04-21).

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