Namecheap, a domain name services provider, has announced that they are terminating services to Russia due to the Russian aggression on Ukraine.
A company run primarily by Ukrainian employees, this move comes as no surprise.
They sent out the following email announcing these changes on 3/1:
In a tweet, Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall also expressed his concerns regarding the situation:
War is always a terrible thing, it's even worse when many of our own team members are on the ground. Our company stands firmly against Russian aggression and war crimes being committed against the people of Ukraine. Insuring the safety of our colleagues is our number one priority
— Richard Kirkendall (@NamecheapCEO) February 26, 2022
There have been many comments about this move, of course. Both supporting Namecheap’s move, and others twisting the facts into their own narrative.
today on HN, tons of people are mad that an almost-entirely Ukrainian company, Namecheap, stopped doing business with Russia.
people are actually warping this to fit into the already dumb narrative of "conservatives are getting unfairly silenced by woke tech companies".
— Macil (@macil_tech) March 1, 2022
I read the same thread but it honestly wasn't clear to me until later that Namecheap is largely composed of Ukrainian employees which does kind of change the perspective. I only knew of it as a US-based company
— Bas (@baswollenberg) March 1, 2022
Good job, @Namecheap
"…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. … your authoritarian government is committing human rights abuses and engaging in war crimes.."
— Chris Harrod (@thechrisharrod) February 28, 2022
— Randall Degges (@rdegges) March 1, 2022
Russia is going to end up with an Intranet very very soon…https://t.co/sJYp5vxVRc
— boosted af (@developerjack) March 1, 2022
Perfect response from Namecheap. Other businesses operating in Russia, take note.https://t.co/ZaZSTRYDyS
— martin (fungible) (@MartinDoms) March 1, 2022
how's that world domination plan working out, Vlad?https://t.co/BITSYFOhF1
— Tim Cushing (@TimCushing) March 1, 2022
Others are not happy about the decision, of course:
Namecheap, however, has stated that they will make exceptions in cases like this:
Those who have been affected by this decision will need to initiate and complete their domain name transfer by March 6, 2022.