Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

USA Today Shows the Crimea as Part of Russia in Map on Its Front-Page

00 Vitaly Podvitsky. A Crimean Salute. 2014


USA Today, one of the greatest-circulating American newspapers (more than 1.6 million copies a day), published a front-page map of the Ukraine without the Crimea. Foreign Policy magazine remarked that this runs counter to the official American position, which doesn’t recognise the Crimea’s reunification with Russia. Foreign Policy noted that whilst the Western world refuses to recognise the Crimea’s reunification with Russia, “one of its largest newspapers just did”. A source at the newspaper didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, and it’s unclear if the exclusion is the result of a conscious editorial decision or a mistake. Last March, the National Geographic Society stated that it’d show the Crimea as part of Russia on its maps. At that time, Juan José Valdés, the National Geographic’s geographer and director of editorial and research for National Geographic Maps told Bloomberg in an interview, “We map de facto, in other words, we map the world as it is, not as people would like it to be”. The Crimea reunited with Russia after a 16 March 2014 referendum; 96.7 percent of voters supported reunification with Russia. On 21 March 2014, President Putin signed a constitutional act on the Crimea’s readmission to Russia, creating two new federal subjects, the Republic of the Crimea, and the Federal City of Sevastopol.

11 February 2015



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