Registrar says convicted president resigned in July.
Domain registrar EstDomains might remain an accredited domain registrar after all.
Yesterday Domain Name Wire reported that EstDomains received a notice of termination from Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN cited the conviction of EstDomains’ president Vladimir Tsastsin for credit card fraud, money laundering and document forgery in February as the reason for the termination.
The company claims that Tsastsin resigned his position back in June, so the reasoning for ICANN’s termination is invalid. ICANN has issued a stay while it considers the matter. EstDomains will retain its accredited status during review.
For his part, Tsastin is appealing the conviction.
I wonder if ICANN used the conviction as a termination reason because it was the easiest way to terminate EstDomains. The registrar faces allegations of harboring spam houses and malware distributors, but it would be harder to prove these things and find a way to terminate under ICANN’s accreditation agreement. It’s kind of like locking up a mobster on tax charges rather than murder.