Google has reversed
its decision to change the names of towns in the Crimea peninsula to comply with Ukraine's de-communization law, the RBC news agency reported Friday.
company's maps service listed new names for several settlements in the annexed peninsula on Thursday, much to the dismay of Russian officials.
Minister Sergei Aksyonov claimed Google was "pandering to Kiev and
feelings of Russophobia in Ukraine," while another Crimean official
accused the company of “topographical cretinism.”
Russia's Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said Google was
“out of its mind” when it made the changes.
“If Google so
casually ignores Russian legislation on names of settlements, it will
be very difficult for the company to conduct business on Russian
territory,” he said, RBC reported.
traditional Soviet names for Crimean settlements had been restored Friday.
The town of Kirovskoe had been listed as Islam-Terek, and the village
Krasnogvardeiskoe as Ichki. Along with several other settlements,
these towns once again bear their Soviet names on Google Maps.