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Dutch-based Yandex makes Russia’s borders with other countries disappear

Yandex removed all country borders from its maps. Image: screenshot by Euromaidan Press, July 4, 2022
Yandex removed all country borders from its maps. Image: screenshot by Euromaidan Press, July 4, 2022

Vladimir Putin’s contempt for the border between the Russian Federation and Ukraine is obvious, but there is one place where that border and others around Russia have already disappeared completely: the Internet map service Yandex Maps, which has announced that its maps won’t be showing political borders anymore.

Instead, the Russian press office for Yandex N.V. holding company (based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands) that owns the service says, its maps will be highlighting cities, transportation links like roads and railways, and the location of natural resources. The borders Russian and before that Soviet maps invariably highlighted will no longer be displayed.

This represents a change of major dimensions and clearly sends a message about how Moscow now views the state border that were established in 1991. It tells Russians that as far as their country is concerned, political borders are no longer as important as other kinds, at least with regard to countries bordering the Russian Federation.

That may seem a small thing to many outside this region, but it is a la in the former Soviet space, where administrative-territorial borders were viewed as fundamental and where atlases showing them were released almost every year and were studied closely by Soviet officials and Soviet citizens.

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