Google in hot water over Crimean road names



US tech monster Google experienced harsh criticism on Thursday in Russia for "decommunising" road names in parts of Crimea, attached from Ukraine two years back, by utilizing Ukrainian spellings.

"I believe it's a foolish strategy," Russian Minister of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov told Rossiya 24 TV, including he trusted "the misstep is remedied."

"On the off chance that Google gives careful consideration to Russian law and the names of Russian territories then it won't have the capacity to work together adequately on Russian region," Nikiforov cautioned.

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In a Facebook post, Sergei Aksyonov, head administrator of the questioned locale, blamed Google Maps for creating a "publicity item instead of genuine maps" in utilizing Ukrainian transliterations for the range.

A few Russian clients of Google Maps had before in the week brought up utilization of the Ukrainian renditions in accordance with a "decommunisation" law passed a year ago in Ukraine.

Somewhere in the range of 900 spot names are influenced and the debate adds to the profound dissension amongst Moscow and Kiev, as of now at loggerheads over a two-year war in east Ukraine, where expert Russian separatists have rebelled against Kiev's master Western government.

The United Nations has rejected the Russian addition of Crimea.

A Russian representative for Google said the firm was chipping away at guaranteeing that the Russian rendition of the territories concerned would be consolidated into the Russian-dialect variant of Google Maps.

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"We are effectively chipping away at giving (areas) their old names in the Russian variant of Google Maps," the representative told Ukrainian money related day by day RBK.