Annexation of Crimea: Google plans to return old Crimean place names into the Russian-language version of maps

11:21 Jul. 29, 2016

Google plans to return old Crimean place names into the Russian-language version of maps

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Russia slammed US tech giant for decommunization of localities in annexed Crimea

Russian officials have attacked US tech giant Google for updating its online map of Crimea with new names and spelling in line with Ukraine's decommunization law passed last year.

"I think it's a short-sighted policy," Russian Minister of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov told Rossiya 24 television, adding he hoped "the mistake is corrected."

"If Google pays so little attention to Russian law and the names of Russian localities then it will not be able to do business effectively on Russian territory," Nikiforov warned.

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Sergei Aksyonov, the head of Crimea's Russia-controlled government, accused Google Maps of producing a "propaganda product rather than real maps" by using Ukrainian transliterations for the area.

A Russian spokesman for Google said the firm was working on ensuring that the Russian version of the localities and old place names would be incorporated into the Russian-language version of Google Maps.

"We are actively working on giving [localities] their old names in the Russian version of Google Maps," the company's press spokesman said according to the BBC Russian service.

Based on reporting by AFP 

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