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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Google returned to the cities of the Crimea Russian names


Google has made changes in the Russian version of Google Maps, restoring the cities and villages of the Crimea the old name. It became known yesterday that some settlements of the Peninsula was renamed in accordance with the Ukrainian law on decommunization. After that the Crimean authorities have blamed Google of “topographical cretinism” and indulging in “Russophobic hysteria” of Kiev.

Screenshot — Google Maps

On Google maps returned to the real names of the settlements in the Crimea. As can be seen on the service page, the city of Yana-Kapu again became Krasnoperekopskiy, and regional centers Kurman, islyam-Terek, and the testes is was renamed back in Krasnogvardeyskiy, Kirov, and Soviet, respectively, reports TASS.

Previously, Google Maps, submitting to the decision of Kiev, changed the names of some settlements of the Peninsula. Moreover, the changes affected both the Ukrainian and Russian version of the service.

Crimean authorities rather rigidly reacted to the “de-communization” of the Peninsula. The Minister of internal policy, information and communications of the Republic of Dmitry Polonsky accused the company of “topographical cretinism.” The official suggested that such innovations can lead to the fact that the Russians stop using the map service Google.

In turn, the head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov suggested Google Maps to retrain to work in the fantasy genre. “Kiev calls it de-communization, although in fact, under high-sounding title hides the cave Russophobia and a desire to destroy everything that reminds us of the common history of the peoples of Ukraine and Russia”, — he wrote in Facebook. Aksenov also said that Google Maps is, in fact, gives its users a “promotional product” instead of real maps.

In may 2015 in Ukraine entered into force the law “about the condemnation of the Communist and Nazi regimes”, which prohibits propaganda of Soviet symbols. Thus, in the framework of the “de-communization” of the country’s largest city Dnepropetrovsk became the Dnieper. While on Google maps it has remained with the same name.

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