RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for avoiding distortion of “historical and geographical truth” by erasing Russian geographical names and ordering a new world map with original labels chosen by Russian explorers.
During a session of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society, Putin instructed the experts of the Federal Register, the Land Registry, the Russian Geographical Society and the Ministry of Defense to prepare a new Russian map for the world.
Putin has assigned the Department of Defense to provide its cartographic material to new map makers, tourists and travelers in general, including via modern digital technologies in the real-time system.
The Russian president stressed that the issue of the designation of geographical areas now needs special attention, “We face the situation where the names are gradually obscured by the names given by researchers and Russian travelers in various locations in the past centuries and decades, maps of the world, which erases the memory of the contribution of Russia In explorations and studies on our planet and the development of science.”
He pointed out that the names of the sites chosen by the Russian navigators explorers Mikhail Lazarev and Fadia Bilenshausen in Antarctica, are practically not used by other countries, although the best to explore this area is due to Russian researchers.
The Russian president proposed to declassify Russian maps.