Moscow, 9 June 2016
On 7 June 2016, the Russian Ministry of Labour prepared a draft decree of the RF Government on public holidays to be observed in 2017.
As is customary, Russian will greet the new year with an extended holiday between New Year and Orthodox Christmas. In 2017, this will run for nine days from Saturday 31 December 2016 - Sun 8 January 2017.
As Defender of the Fatherland falls on a Friday, citizens will enjoy a four-day weekend from Thursday 23 February 23 to Sunday 26 February.
International Women's Day creates an unusual one-day midweek break in 2017 as it falls on Wednesday 8 March.
May Day is on Monday 1 May, so no additional holidays are proposed. This is the same for National Day which also creates a long weekend from Saturday 10 June to Monday 12 June.
In between those holidays, Victory Day falls on Tuesday 9 May, so an extra bridge holiday is proposed for Monday 8 May creating a four-day weekend.
Rounding off the year, Monday 6 November is proposed a public holiday as Day of Unity falls on Saturday 4 November.
As with previous years, some of the extra bridge holidays will be compensated by weekend days being declared working days. No details of these days are available yet.