China, despite spanning five time zones has adopted one time zone for the entire country. Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau also use this same time zone. Russia is much too big and would more likely combine several of the time zones on the map above. The BBC article did not list any specifics from Medvedev 's speech but according to Georgian Daily he has proposed cutting the number of time zones to four.
Russia's 11 time zones are a source of pride for many, showing how large the country is and resistance to the plan is expected. A quote from a skeptical scholar of the plan via the Georgian Daily article:
Moscow can cut the number of time zones but it can’t change the shape of the earth or the speed of its rotation relative to the sun.At least we hope they can't. They do have nukes!
Here is a list of the time zones:
Kalningrad: UTC (aka GMT) + 2
Moscow: UTC + 3
Samara: UTC + 4
Yekaterinburg: UTC + 5
Omsk: UTC + 6
Krasnoyarsk: UTC +7
Irkutsk: UTC +8 - this is China's time zone
Yakutsk: UTC +9
Vladivostok: UTC +10
Magadan: UTC +11
Kamchatka: UTC + 12