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Thursday, 30 October 2008

Estdomains is not dead yet

Thanks to Sandi for bringing the not-so-good-news that Estdomains is not quite dead yet. For a moment it looked like ICANN had grown some cojones, but perhaps not.

Estdomains termination was based on the fact the their President, Vladimir Tsastsin, has been convicted of fraud in Estonia. However, Estdomains are attempting to wriggle out of this by saying that Tsastsin didn't do it and he resigned as president some time ago. Bearing in mind that an Estonia court said he DID do it (although he is appealing, but that could take for ever) and that the only proof offered by Estdomains that he resigned looks a bit unconvincing, then the whole excuse looks rather thin.

Of course, the reason why Estdomains should be terminated is their long-running association with organised crime, as documented here and here. Add to that the fact that the company deliberately conceals its identity by using a Delaware corporation as a front (when obviously "Est" is for Estonia), and it is clear that they should have been terminated a long, long time ago.

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