22 May 2019 12:49

Apple fixes indication of Crimea's territorial belonging in Maps application

MOSCOW. May 22 (Interfax) - Apple has fixed the indication of Crimea's territorial belonging in its Maps application, State Duma Information Policy Committee Chairman Leonid Levin told Interfax.

"The State Duma's claims regarding Apple Maps have been settled," Levin said.

The app indicates Crimea as Russia's territory, while the weather service does not indicate Crimean cities as either Ukrainian or Russian, he said.

"These cities belong to Russian territory, but the service does not provide such information; we have asked the company not to impose any limits on information about these cities. Just like Volgograd, Kaliningrad, or any other Russian city, they should be indicated as a part of the Russian territory," Levin said.

Officially, this is not a violation of Russian law, just a certain restriction for users, he said.

"We believe that it [Apple] should provide equal information about all cities of Russia; we have asked them to fix the flaw and inform us in one week's time as to when the restriction on information on these Russian cities will be lifted," Levin said.

According to Apple representatives, this is merely a technical problem, he said.

The company is cooperating constructively with the State Duma, Levin said.