Google Maps Russia

Google Maps Russia, Moscow screenshot A Russian version of Google Maps was launched yesterday. Major cities — like Moscow, obviously — get building outlines and subway stations: the full, mature Google map treatment. Other cities — I tried Ufa, a city of one million in the Urals — only have major highways. The Moscow Times reports that a recent government directive lifting restrictions on precise geographical data enabled the site to be launched — or at least made its legal situation less tenuous. If the FSB shows up in Mountain View, we’ll know. Via Ogle Earth.