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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Please scroll below to view.

The Russian Federation marks nine occasions each year with a public holiday, which can be viewed in the list below. The primary legislation that defines these non-working days is the Labor Code of the Russian Federation 2001 (Federal Law No. 197-FZ of 2001).

This law states that one of its guiding principles is:

“Safeguarding the right of every employee to equitable work conditions, including the work conditions meeting safety and health requirements, the right to rest and leisure, including limitations of working hours, provision of daily rest, days-off and non-working holidays, paid annual vacations.”

With this in mind,

  • Article 95 of the law states that, on the day preceding a public holiday, the length of an employees working time should be reduced by one hour
  • Article 112 states that, if a public holiday falls on an existing non-working day, the public holiday will be shifted to the next working day
  • Article 112 also states that the Government of the Russian Federation may move holiday dates from year to year to enable workers to use their non-working days more rationally. I.e. they may move a public holiday adjacent to a weekend to extend the length of the weekend
  • Article 113 states that work on public holidays is banned except in exceptional cases, which the legislation goes on to explain

Public Holidays 2016

1 JanFriNew Year's Day
2 JanSatNew Year Holidays
3 JanSunNew Year Holidays
4 JanMonNew Year Holidays
5 JanTueNew Year Holidays
6 JanWedNew Year Holidays
7 JanThuOrthodox Christmas Day
8 JanFriNew Year Holidays
22 FebMonPublic Holiday
23 FebTueDefender of Fatherland Day
7 MarMonPublic Holiday
8 MarTueInternational Women's Day
1 MaySunSpring and Labour Day
2 MayMonSpring and Labour Day Holiday
3 MayTuePublic Holiday
9 MayMonVictory Day
12 JunSunDay of Russia
13 JunMonPublic Holiday
4 NovFriNational Unity Day

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year Holidays
2 JanMonNew Year Holidays
3 JanTueNew Year Holidays
4 JanWedNew Year Holidays
5 JanThuNew Year Holidays
6 JanFriNew Year Holidays
7 JanSatOrthodox Christmas Day
23 FebThuDefender of Fatherland Day
24 FebFriPublic Holiday
(in lieu of 1 Jan)
8 MarWedInternational Women's Day
1 MayMonSpring and Labour Day
8 MayMonPublic Holiday
(in lieu of 7 Jan)
9 MayTueVictory Day
12 JunMonDay of Russia
4 NovSatNational Unity Day
6 NovMonNational Unity Day Holiday