Apple Kneel to Russia’s Demands, Changes the Way Crimea Shows Up in its Apps

Apple bends to Russia’s demands, changes the way Crimea shows up in its apps
Written by Hassan Abbas

Apple bends to Russia’s demands, Crimea shows up in its apps: For a presence in international markets, Apple has to work with the local governments and regulations there. Certainly, that puts Apple between a rock and a hard place.

Apple responded on Friday with a statement, per CNBC:

We would prefer to clarify for our customers around the world that we’ve not created any changes to Apple Maps regarding Crimea outside of Russia. Wherever a replacement law went into effect that required us to update the map within Russia.

Ukraine’s foreign minister has weighed in on the subject, and he is, not surprisingly, unhappy with Apple’s decision, per Reuters:

Let me explain in your terms, Apple,” Ukraine’s foreign minister (Vadym Prystaiko) wrote on Twitter in English. “let’s suppose you’re crying out that your ideas and design, years of work and piece of your heart are sneak by your worst enemy. But then somebody untaught (rude) doesn’t give a damn about your pain.

“That’s how it feels when you call Crimea a Russian land.

The original article continues below:

Russia is no different. On Wednesday BBC reported that Apple tries to bend to Russia’s demands as it relates to Crimea. The publication has confirmed that in several different Apple apps, the company has decided to show Crimea as a part of Russian territory.

It’s a tie to a geopolitical move by the Russian government to annex Crimea from Ukraine back in 2014. The move in the report is: “criticized by most of the global community”.

Viewing Crimea outside of Russia will present Crimea as not being part of any country.


According to the report, stating information provided by the State Duma:

Apple has been “in talks” with Russia for months over the capability to the way that Crimea shows within Apple’s stock apps. The State Duma classified the way Crimea was previously shown as an “inaccuracy” and says that Apple resolves the issue by making this change.

The tech giant originally clarifies that it could show Crimea as an undefined territory. This means part of neither Russia nor Ukraine.

But Ukraine’s foreign minister. chairman of the Duma security and the anti-corruption committee said Apple had complied with the Russian Constitution.

He said Russia was open to “dialogue and constructive co-operation with foreign companies”.

What does Google Map show?

Google Maps does not show Crimea as being a part of Russia, or any country for that matter. However, in the report, Google uses the Russian spelling for Crimean locations. Rather than spelling those areas with Ukrainian spelling.

But it’s not the first time that Apple has made a harsh decision in regard to an international region. And maybe it won’t be the last. Just see how Apple has done the same thing for the Chinese government. As it continues to try and make an indentation in the phone market in that region.

As a quick recap:

Apple pulled an app from the Chinese App Store which was built to help protestors in Hong Kong. At the time, Apple quotes information presented to it’s by the Chinese government that indicates the app was being used to target local law enforcement officers on the ground. The result, Apple removed the app, which was seen by many as Apple admitting to the Chinese government and not backing pro-democratic movements by some citizens in Hong Kong.


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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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