Google Maps shows secret Russian objects

The Google Maps service has stopped hiding images of strategic objects in Russia. Now anyone can view their satellite photos in high quality.

Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. Source: Google Maps

Thanks to the opportunity to see almost any corner of our planet for free, Google Maps is deservedly popular all over the world. Nevertheless, there are also “closed zones” on the maps of the service — territories that are inaccessible to viewing or whose photos have been specially retouched. Usually, these are strategic objects (military bases, airfields, nuclear power plants, training areas), access to images of which is closed at the request of the authorities of the relevant country.

The launch position of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Source: Google Maps

After the start of Russia’s full-scale war with Ukraine, most Western companies broke off or froze cooperation with the aggressor country. Now Google Maps has joined them. Recently, the service stopped hiding secret Russian objects. This means that now anyone can view them with a resolution of about 0.5 meters per pixel. On Google Maps images, in particular, we can see the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, bases with nuclear weapons, positions of intercontinental ballistic missiles, secret training areas and much more.

Nuclear ammunition storage near Murmansk. Source: Google Maps

From a military point of view, Google Maps images formally have no special value. Modern American spy satellites can take photos of the Earth’s surface with an order of magnitude higher resolution. At the same time, photos of such a plan cannot be found in the public domain, and their receipt is possible only within the framework of intergovernmental agreements on the exchange of information. Therefore, Google Maps images provide a unique opportunity for everyone to look behind the new iron curtain and see what the Russian authorities want to hide.

Earlier we talked about how satellites shot the cruiser Moskva before its sinking.

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