: Google returns old Crimean names of localities on its maps after Russian criticism

14:44 Jul. 29, 2016

Google returns old Crimean names of localities on its maps after Russian criticism

Map of Crimea (web screenshot)

Changes are seen both in Ukrainian and Russian versions of Google Maps

Google Maps service has returned old place names to the map of Crimea after Russia slammed the US tech giant for ‘decommunizing' the names of localities in line with Ukrainian laws.

Now the old place names are seen both in Ukrainian and Russian versions of the mapping service. Earlier in the day media reported that the company promised to return the old names and their spelling only to the Russian-language version of Google Maps.

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Screenshots made by RFE/RL show changes introduced by Google Maps in line with Ukraine's decommunization law

Thus, on Google maps Yany Kapu got back to Krasnoperekopsk, Kurman to Krasnogvardiiske, Islyam Terek to Kirovske, Ichki to Radyanske, and Kaydagor again became Ordzhonikidze.

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Ukraine approved the law on the decommunization of the country last year, ordering to rename more than 160 cities and villages. 

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko signed the law in May 2016. Among other places across Ukraine, 75 villages and towns were renamed in Russian-occupied Crimea.

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