At one of the Yahoo groups I still belong to, someone brought up the surprise distribution of a patch by Microsoft, apparently in a big hurry. The issue, however, was simply making sure your computer’s clock accurately reflected the new status of the Russian time zones.
In the old Soviet Union, the time zones were very rigid and linear, and damn the consequences when large neighboring cities were in different time zones. They were also on permanent Daylight Savings Time. Not so much these days: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_in_Russia
They were also on permanent Daylight Savings Time. They may have changed that policy, also.
Looking into Russian time zones made me aware, for the first time in my life, of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast*: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Autonomous_Oblast
I read the article, hoping to learn of a thriving Yiddish-speaking civilization. Alas, not so much. But that’s life.
I was interested by their flag (which with its eight colors, exceeds even the flag of the “Rainbow Nation” of South Africa). It inspired me to design a flag which seemed to me appropriate for all of Siberia (the width of the tracks approximately represents the width of the region of relatively dense population which surrounds the Trans-Siberian Railway).