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Chechen Rebel Web Site Reopened

Lisa Minter (
Sat, 13 Nov 2004 16:25:05 EST

HELSINKI (Reuters) - A Web site used by a Chechen warlord to claim
responsibility for September's school siege in Russia has reopened,
one month after it was closed by the Finnish company that hosted it.

Finnish news agency STT reported Saturday that the site,, was now hosted on a Swedish server with a backup
in Finland.

It was last open for a few days in mid-October. STT quoted the Finnish
businessman who rented out the server at the time as saying it was now
clear that the Web Site was not illegal and that he had therefore
decided to help reopen it.

It was not immediately clear who had closed the site in Finland.

Before opening in Finland it was based on a Lithuanian server until
authorities in the Baltic country shut it down in September after
pressure from Moscow.

The site was used by rebel warlord Shamil Basayev to claim
responsibility for the September school siege in Beslan when 330
hostages were killed, about half of them children.

Copyright 2004 Reuters Limited.

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