The President complained about the distortion of the historical “truth” in the current version.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Russian Geographical Society (RGO) proposed replacing the Russian atlas of the world with its new version. According to the president, in the current version the historical and geographical “truth and justice” is distorted.
The President noted that in free access it is possible to find modern maps of not Russian, but only foreign production with “secondary names of geographical objects”. Therefore, Putin called for making sure that in a new atlas “all such cases were correctly interpreted,” but noted that he was not going to “impose anything on anyone.”
Today, only a few know that the original, historical name of the island of Smith is Borodino, that Snow is Maly Yaroslavets, and Livingstone is actually Smolensk and so on, and so forth. But in 2020 we will celebrate the anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica. This was done by Russian navigators. But examples of substitution of names – not only in far Antarctica, there are examples here and closer, I will not dwell on this now.
RGO experts will make a new atlas together with Rosreestr and the Defense Ministry, which, according to Putin’s instructions, should declassify the maps for compilers, as well as ordinary travelers and motorists. This also applies to cards “in the format of modern computer technology, working online.”
The security classification on many maps is clearly outdated and looks simply archaic.