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Monday, 25 July 2011 12:22

Time & Open hours

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The Time in the European part of Russia is 3 hours more than Greenwich meridian time or two hours more than central European part. (+3 GMT or +2 CET).
So if in London it’s 10.00 in Moscow it’s 13.00 (in Russia the 24-hour system is used).
There are 9 time zones in Russia - so when it’s evening in Moscow, it’s morning of the next day in Vladivostok (a Russian port on the Pacific Ocean). 
Open Hours. One great thing about Russia is that all shops are opened even on Sunday. The food shops are usually opened from 8.00 to 20.00 except on Sundays from 8.00 to 18.00; however many of them are opened 24 hours a day. 
Big department stores, clothing stores, supermarkets are opened all week long from 9.00-10.00 to 21.00-22.00. 
State institutions, offices, companies are usually opened from 9.00 or 10.00 to 18.00 or 19.00 and do not work on Saturdays and Sundays. 
Most banks are opened 9.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday; some are opened on Saturday as well. Self-service ATMs operate 24 hours a day usually.
There are many currency exchange offices in the big cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg) working until late night and sometimes 24 hours a day.
On public holidays all banks, offices, museums and some shops are closed. However big department stores, food stores, supermarkets are all opened.

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