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Russia Rules-Out December 31 Public Holiday

Source: ITAR-TASS (Moscow)
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2020


Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has re-stated that December 30 and 31, 2019, would be regular working days, and that the upcoming Russian New Year public holidays would run from January 1 to Jenuary 8, 2020, inclusively as decreed in last summer's "Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation of 10.07.2019 No.875, On the transfer of weekends in 2020" (Постановление Правительства РФ от 10.07.2019 № 875 - О переносе выходных дней в 2020 году).

Recall that, last summer (2019-07-13), the Government of the Russian Federation approved the preceding spring's draft decision by the Russian Ministry of Labor to postpone the days off in 2020, which, as usual, proposed, for online comments by the population, a draft list of official public holidays and bridge holidays in Russia for the upcoming calendar year 2020 (2019-05-06 and 2018-07-21).

As per the aforementioned "Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation of 10.07.2019 No.875, On the transfer of weekends in 2020" (Постановление Правительства РФ от 10.07.2019 № 875 - О переносе выходных дней в 2020 году), signed by Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, and as was done in previous years (2018-09-19, 2018-07-21, 2017-10-18, 2017-09-14, 2017-05-14, 2017-03-17, 2016-08-04, 2015-09-26, 2015-06-19, 2014-08-30, 2014-05-23, 2013-06-03, 2012-10-17, 2012-09-29, 2011-07-21, 2010-08-24, 2009-11-10, 2008-11-28, 2007-08-11, 2007-01-06, 2006-11-11, and 2005-12-28), whenever a fixed-date annual public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, the preceding Monday or Friday is usually declared a one-off bridge public holiday, to be compensated by declaring a nearby Saturday to be a regular working day.

Once again (2018-09-19), the new year holidays have been reduced by moving the day in lieu public holidays, that could have been expected due to the first weekend of the year, being moved instead to the month of May 2020.

However, one omission in the list of 2020 public holidays in Russia, was New Year's Eve 2019, on December 31, leading many in the Russian social media to complain that the number of 2020 public holiday in Russia had been reduced, as compared to previous years (which is not the case).



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