Above, you see two maps of Russia as supplied by Wikipedia.
"It is not in Wikipedia's charter to recognize the existence of nations."
The one on the left was downloaded Tuesday at 6:31 p.m. EST, nearly 12 hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. On this map, Crimea is not in Russia. The map on the right was accessed Wednesday morning, around 10. By then, the community of editors tending to the world's largest repository of human knowledge recognized Russia's claim to the region.
"Light green represents a claimed territory, claimed territories do not necessarily have to be territories outside of de facto control, but rather can be territories under disputed legal claims," an editor explained on a discussion board. Others argued that Crimea should appear striped on the map, to indicate outright annexation (as seen on this map of Morocco). That tension reflects the world's as it grapples with how to deal with Russia's landgrab. Is it a disputed territory, or thoroughly Russia's?
This map decision came after a bit of an editing war Tuesday, when Crimea was added and then subtracted from the map four times before the page was locked by an administrator.