Russian parliament asks for restoration of winter time

On the darkest day of the year, Russia's parliament is pleading with the government for a little more light.

The Duma on Friday formally asked Speaker Sergei Naryshkin to query the government about abandoning year-round daylight-savings time.

The 2011 decision by then-President Dmitry Medvedev to keep Russian clocks set as if the country enjoyed perpetual summer was one of the least popular but probably most memorable moves of his bland four years in office.

It means that in the depths of winter in Moscow, the sun comes up just before 10 a.m. and departs at 5 p.m.

"You get up and lie down in complete darkness, you go to work in darkness," the state news agency RIA Novosti quoted parliament member and former cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya as saying.