The First Deputy Head of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy Vadim Dengin is outraged over the actions of the Google Maps service, which changed the names of settlements of the annexed Crimea according to the adopted law on de-communization in Ukraine, TASS reports.
- Roskomnadzor must respond to it quickly enough. If it fails to do this, then, of course, I'll aderess the issue myself, the Deputy said.
Dengin believes that such measures are "anti-Russian steps", which can be manifested in different forms in the future.
United Russia Party representative Evgeny Fedorov, accusing Google Maps of violating the Russian law, believes that this name change is simillar to the renaming, of, for example, Moscow or St. Petersburg, and sees "separatist elements" in the company’s actions.
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has previously adopted a law on de-communization, under which a number of settlements was renamed, including the temporarily occupied territories. Most foreign companies have not recognized the Russian annexation of Crimea, and stopped their activities in Crimea, as well as cooperation with the companies operating in the occupied peninsula.
In the map Google Maps service Google has renamed settlements in the occupied Crimea in accordance with Ukrainian legislation.