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From: "Paul Ferguson" <fergdawgster () gmail com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 17:23:46 -0800

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From: ICANN News Alert <communications () icann org>
Date: Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 5:10 PM
Subject: ICANN News Alert -- Termination of Registrar EstDomains to Go

ICANN News Alert



Termination of Registrar EstDomains to Go Ahead
12 November 2008

The termination of ICANN-accredited registrar EstDomains is to go ahead,
effective 24 November 2008.

On 28 October 2008, ICANN sent a notice of termination to EstDomains, Inc.
(EstDomains) based on an Estonian Court record reflecting the conviction of
EstDomains' then president, Vladimir Tsastsin, of credit card fraud, money
laundering and document forgery.

Pursuant to Section 5.3 of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA),
ICANN may terminate the RAA before its expiration when, "Any officer or
director of [a] Registrar is convicted of a felony or of a misdemeanor
related to financial activities, or is adjudged by a court to have
committed fraud or breach of fiduciary duty, or is the subject of judicial
determination that ICANN deems as the substantive equivalent of any of
these; provided such officer or director is not removed in such

ICANN received a response from EstDomains on 29 October in which it
indicated that the Estonian Court record on which ICANN relied was not
final and had been appealed. ICANN pended the termination of EstDomains'
RAA to analyze the claims made by EstDomains and to obtain independent
information regarding the status of the alleged appeal.

On 7 November 2008, EstDomains was informed that, based on ICANN's
findings, ICANN was proceeding with the termination of EstDomains' RAA,
effective 24 November 2008.

ICANN's records indicate that EstDomains manages approximately 281,000
domain names. To protect the interests of registrants, on 28 October 2008,
ICANN published a Request for Informations seeking expressions of interest
from registrars to receive a bulk transfer of the domain names managed by
de-accredited registrar EstDomains.

ICANN is analyzing the responses to that request and will take measures to
effectuate a smooth transition of the domain names managed by EstDomains to
a qualified ICANN- accredited registrar.

For information regarding ICANN's De-Accredited Registrar Transition
Procedure, please go to:
n-procedure-01oct08.pdf [PDF,121K].

Registrants interested in immediately transferring their domain names are
encouraged to read ICANN's Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy
http://www.icann.org/en/transfers/policy-12jul04.htm for guidance regarding
the transfer process.

Related links:

Original notice of termination:

EstDomains response to notice of termination:
http://www.icann.org/correspondence/poltev-to-burnette-29oct08-en.pdf [PDF,

Letter to EstDomains concerning decision to proceed with termination:
http://www.icann.org/correspondence/burnette-to-poltev-07nov08-en.pdf [PDF,


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