The Kremlin has no information about the shortening of the January holidays due to the initiative to extend the May holidays. This was announced on Friday, April 30, by the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
“I don’t have such information, we do not walk for the sake of walking, but we walk according to the recommendations of our epidemiologists, with whom the president agreed,” he said during a press conference.
Peskov explained that the situation with coronavirus infection is still tense, since the pandemic has not been defeated. However, the declared non-working days are unlikely to be compensated in the future, said the press secretary of the head of state.
On April 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin supported the idea of the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, to make the May holidays continuous due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, the days from 1 to 10 May are declared non-working.
Popova explained that the decision on days off could allow “to make the epidemiological forecast more stable,” with which the president agreed.
On the same day, the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that some of the enterprises will continue to work during this period.