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Mail.Ru Group marks Crimea as part of Russia

March 21, 2014, 18:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Company started updating its mapping tools to designate Crimea as part of Russia and was “dealing with the technical aspects” on 19 March - press service
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MOSCOW, March 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s largest Internet company, Mail.Ru Group, has included the republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as new parts of the Russian Federation in its maps.

Ksenia Chabanenko of Mail.Ru told ITAR-TASS on March 19 that the company started updating its mapping tools to designate Crimea as part of Russia and was “dealing with the technical aspects” of the change.

Maps@Mail.Ru is one of the Runet’s most popular map websites, with a monthly audience of more than one million people. The project provides detailed maps of Russia’s largest cities and the Jams@Mail.Ru service that helps you track the traffic situation online.

On March 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Head of the Crimean State Council Vladimir Konstantinov, Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov and Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaly signed a treaty under the provisions of which the Republic of Crimea is deemed accepted to the Russian Federation.

The treaty spells out a transition period that will last through to January 1, 2015, in the course of which the problems pertaining to the integration of new constituent territories in Russia’s economic, financial, lending, and legal systems will be resolved.

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