Crimea switches over to Moscow time

Russia's new constituent entity Crimea switched to Moscow time after moving the clocks two hours forward at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

In line with the Crimean parliament's resolution of March 17 2014, the schedules of Crimea's railway, water transport, air and telecommunications services are switching to Moscow time starting March 30 2014," the Crimean parliament's press service reported.

No problems are likely to emerge in Crimea in connection with the time switch.

"The change is to proceed smoothly without financial, or other losses," Crimea's first deputy prime minister, Rustam Temirgaliyev, told Interfax.

Crimean companies have prepared themselves for the time switch in advance and negotiated their schedules in order to avoid emergencies, he said. "The time switch will not have any negative impact on the local economy," he added.

Doctors do not predict any problems in connection with the time switch, either.

"Due to Crimea's geographical location, darkness falls here earlier than in Ukraine and the dawn comes earlier, too, so even geographically Crimea is within the Moscow time zone. If any impact is to be experienced, it will only be positive," the Crimean Health Ministry said.

Farming will not be affected, experts said.

"The previous time difference was minor. It will be of no significance for animals. Our farmers are mobile and flexible enough to get adjusted to the new time quickly," a spokesman for the Crimean Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry told Interfax.

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