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  • Yelena McCafferty

Public Holidays in Russia in 2018

It’s this time of year again when we publish a list of public holidays in Russia for the following year, something we’ve been doing since 2010, to make communication for our clients easier. If it’s a working day in the UK, it may not be so in Russia. Although in this day and age the use of smartphones is very common, some business people prefer to turn them off, at least for a few hours on a national day-off, and respond to any urgent enquiries later.

In 2018 there are 247 working days in Russia and the first public holiday is on Monday 1st January – New Year’s Day, celebrated internationally. This marks a start of the Christmas holidays which will last until 8th January, with Russian Christmas celebrated on 7th January.

Friday 23rd February is Defender of the Fatherland Day.

Thursday 8th March is International Women’s Day. It may have the international description in its name, but it’s not very well-known outside the former Soviet block and countries of its previous influence. Friday 9th March is also a day-off to make up a 4-day long weekend.

Sunday 8th April is Russian Orthodox Easter.

29th April to 2 May – May Day holidays, with May Day officially known as Spring and Labour Day.

Wednesday 9th May is Victory Day.

Tuesday 12th June is Russia Day, however, Monday 11th June is also a day-off which is carried over from Saturday 9th June (which will instead be a working day). Russians do like these “carry-overs”, to make up 3 or 4 day long weekends!

4th November is Unity Day and since it falls on a Sunday, Monday 5th November is a day off in lieu.

We would like to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.



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