Google bows to Russian pressure, reverses changes to names of Crimean towns

Written by on July 30, 2016 in Europe - Comments Off on Google bows to Russian pressure, reverses changes to names of Crimean towns
russia ukraine crimea google maps photo  Pavlo Podufalov

Google on July 28 changed the names of towns, villages and districts in Russian-occupied Crimea on its Google Maps mapping service in accordance with Ukraine’s decommunization law.

But on July 29, after an outcry from Russian officials, it changed them right back again.

The day before, Google had renamed 75 settlements and five districts on its maps of the Russian-annexed Ukrainian territory in line with a list of names approved by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada on May 12.

For the full story, please visit The Kyiv Post.

(Photo: Russian internet users see Crimea on Google Maps as part of Russia and Ukrainians see the peninsula as Ukrainian. Google on July 28 changed the names of settlements in Russian-occupied Crimea on its Google Maps mapping service in accordance with Ukraine’s decommunization law, but reversed all the changes after heavy criticism from Russian authorities.
Photo by Pavlo Podufalov)

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