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Google Maps Reverts to Soviet-Era Place Names in Russia-Annexed Crimea

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U.S. tech giant Google has reinstated existing Soviet-era place names on online maps of Russia-annexed Crimea after it angered Moscow by changing them to correspond with names that Ukraine hopes to adopt in future under its "decommunization" law.
 
Google Maps had briefly changed about 900 Crimean place names, using names Ukraine plans to give to towns and streets under legislation passed in Kyiv last year banning Soviet symbols -- part of a campaign that Russia has called “Russophobic.”
 
However, under a resolution adopted by Ukraine's parliament in May, the new names do not take effect until Kyiv restores control over Crimea, which Russia took over in March 2014 after sending in troops and staging a referendum widely dismissed as illegitimate.
 
Google's press service in Moscow said in an e-mailed response that it has restored the existing names, and included links to Russian-language Google maps showing towns such as Sovyetsky (Soviet) and Krasnogvardeiskoye (Red Guard). It did not immediately explain its reasons.
 

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Google Maps Reverts to Soviet-Era Place Names in Russia-Annexed Crimea

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