Namecheap made a striking decision to cease serving all the Russian websites, citing the unfair war Russia waging against Ukraine now.
The domain registrar asked all the Russian Russian website owners to move their TLDs to another register and will provide assistance for doing so. Namecheap clearly stated that the ongoing Russian invasion is the cause for this, and aggrieved should blame their own government for such actions.
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Namecheap Dumps Russia
Joining the list of tech companies dumping Russia amidst its war against Ukraine, Namecheap announced ceasing operations in Russia too. The US domain registrar has started emailing Russian its users, informing its decision as;
“Unfortunately, due to the Russian regime’s war crimes and human rights violations in Ukraine, we will no longer be providing services to users registered in Russia.”
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Further, “While we sympathize that this war may not affect your own views or opinion on the matter, the fact is, your authoritarian government is committing human rights abuses and engaging in war crimes so this is a policy decision we have made and will stand by.”
The platform asked the users to move their domains to another supported registrar by March 6th and is willing to assist them in this process. Many Russian users are aggrieved by this stance of Namecheap and started abusing the platform on various social media platforms.
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To that, the Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall responded as it’s the Russian government to be blamed for its unfair actions, and not Namecheap’s stance. Also, he defended that they’re not “deplatforming” altogether, but asking them to move out.
Namecheap is one of the several ICANN-accredited domain registrars, serving over 14 million domains worldwide. With over 2 million customers, it provides domain registration, DNS, web hosting, and related other services.