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Namecheap offers free services to Russian dissidents

Kevin Murphy, March 2, 2022, 18:32:03 (UTC), Domain Registrars

Namecheap will offer “free anonymous domain registration and free web hosting” to anti-war protest web sites based in Russia or Belarus.

The registrar said in a statement today that the move is in response to imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s call for war protests in Russia.

The offer modifies the company’s hard-line position from earlier in the week, in which it banned Russians altogether from its services and gave registrants there a week to get out.

Namecheap’s English-language customer service is based in Ukraine, including in cities under heavy bombardment this week.

Russians interested in the free hosting offer are asked to contact customer service for details.

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Comments (2)

  1. Vlad says:

    Discrimination based on a trait that the person didn’t choose is disgusting. I would never stay with a provider that deliberately pushes away users based simply on nationality. It’s no different from racism.

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