MOSCOW, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Russia's president has announced starting this year the country will stick to summer time and not switch to daylight saving time as it has done since 1981.
"I decided to cancel the shift to winter time, starting from this autumn," President Dmitry Medvedev said of the usual October time change, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.
Medvedev said he was making the decision because the shift in time "may lead to stress and illnesses."
Daylight saving time, practiced in every European country except Iceland and in many other countries around the world, was introduced as a way to save energy.
Its first use in Russia was in 1917, RIA Novosti said.