New Map Raises Eyebrows: “New Moscow” Appears in Canggu Map, Bali

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New Map Raises Eyebrows: "New Moscow" Appears in Canggu, Bali

Recently, social media buzzed with a peculiar sight: a map featuring the name “New Moscow” emerged in the Canggu area of Bali. This unexpected addition to the map sparked curiosity among netizens nationwide, who questioned its origins and implications.

On platforms like Google Maps, the area was labeled in Russian as “New Москва,” seemingly designating the region of North Kuta or Canggu with the new moniker. This alteration raised eyebrows and led to discussions online.

Authorities swiftly responded to the viral map, with the Bali Regional Police’s Head of Public Relations, Kombes Pol Jansen Avitus Panjaitan, asserting that investigations were underway.

“We’re delving into the origins of this map. It’s crucial to determine whether it’s a deliberate act or a mere prank. However, it’s essential to note that, legally, the recognized name for the area remains as Canggu,” Jansen stated during a press briefing in Canggu on Monday (13/5).

To address the emergence of “New Moscow” on the map, the police pledged to collaborate with relevant agencies and stakeholders for further insights.

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“We’re keen to understand the motives behind this alteration. While the map may have gained traction online, it’s imperative to uphold the official designations recognized within Indonesian jurisdiction,” Jansen added.

The appearance of “New Moscow” in Canggu also sparked broader discussions about the potential implications and legalities surrounding such changes.

“Moscow serves as the capital of Russia, and the country is a significant source of tourists to Bali. Last year, Russian tourists ranked second in terms of visitors to the island, following tourists from Australia,” Jansen elaborated.

While the map alteration may seem innocuous, authorities stress the importance of maintaining accurate geographical representations, especially in areas as popular and diverse as Bali. As investigations continue, the focus remains on upholding official designations and ensuring clarity for residents and visitors alike.