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Russia made Google to return old Soviet placenames on its Russian-language maps of Crimea

Russia made Google to return old Soviet placenames on its Russian-language maps of CrimeaRussian 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.

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.
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