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Mapmakers Of The World Not United On Crimea

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

There's a deepening East-West divide over Crimea -- among mapmakers.

As Moscow solidified its hold on Crimea this week, prominent Russian map publishers are rushing to show the Black Sea peninsula as Russian territory.

Russian map publisher Di Em Bi says it started producing new maps on March 19.

The daily "Izvestia" quoted the publisher's owner and director, Sergei Melikov, as saying the new maps will be available in retail stores in about two weeks.

Likewise, the Russian Geographic Society says it will include Crimea as part of Russia in its maps, ITAR-TASS reports.

Meanwhile, two of Russia's biggest Internet companies have also started updating their mapping tools to designate Crimea as part of Russia.

Ksenia Chabanenko of Mail.Ru told ITAR-TASS on March 19 that the company was still "dealing with the technical aspects" of the change. She did not indicate when the new maps would be online.

Russia's largest search engine, Yandex, also said its mapping service, Yandex.Maps, would be changed to show Crimea as part of Russia "in one of the next updates." It also did not specify a date.

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Mapmakers Of The World Not United On Crimea

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