Estonian registrar gets a reprieve

ICANN has stayed the termination of Estonian registrar EstDomains, pending a review of the company's response. ICANN terminated the company after the president was convicted of fraud and money laundering.

Just the traits you want in your domain name registrar. Vladimir Tsastsin, president of EstDomains, an Estonian registrar, was convicted of credit card fraud, money laundering and document forgery. So ICANN terminated the company's accreditation agreement (PDF).

That termination is now on hold, ICANN says, while it looks at EstDomains' response to the action.

ICANN’s records indicate that EstDomains has approximately 281,000 domain names under its management. ICANN will take all reasonable measures to protect the interests of registrants during the stay period and the subsequent termination process that may follow.