Sputnik Domain Anomalies
2015 July 26
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If you have found your way to this website, you most likely are aware that there is this Kremlin agitprop network called Sputnik, and that the Kremlin has made no effort to disguise the project as being in any way independent. For the curious, Sputnik falls within the realm of RIA Novosti.

You would think they'd have played it straight when registering domains for Sputnik, and they did, mostly. And mostly they just use subdomains, such as ir.sputniknews.com, for sites in a particular language or targeting a particular country. But with at least 26 domains dedicated to the effort, there were bound to be some anomalies in the whois records. Thus:

Addendum

domain:       snews.ee
registrant:   CID:ASCIO:800WBBJ
admin-c:      CID:ASCIO:LP01
nsset:        NSSID:ASCIO:1697205611273
registrar:    ascio
status:       paid and in zone
registered:   19.05.2015 16:52:18
expire:       19.05.2016
outzone:      03.06.2016
delete:       03.07.2016

contact:      CID:ASCIO:800WBBJ
org:          Rossiya Segodnya
name:         Andrey Belokurov
e-mail:       Not Disclosed - Visit www.internet.ee for webbased WHOIS
registrar:    ascio
created:      19.05.2015 16:52:17

contact:      CID:ASCIO:LP01
name:         Tonu Metsaar
e-mail:       Not Disclosed - Visit www.internet.ee for webbased WHOIS
registrar:    ascio
created:      09.07.2010 19:41:51

nsset:        NSSID:ASCIO:1697205611273
nserver:      ns2.sputniknews.com 
nserver:      ns3.sputniknews.com 
tech-c:       CID:ASCIO:638RIYJ
registrar:    ascio
created:      19.05.2015 16:52:15

contact:      CID:ASCIO:638RIYJ
name:         Evgeny Sekachev
e-mail:       Not Disclosed - Visit www.internet.ee for webbased WHOIS
registrar:    ascio
created:      19.05.2015 16:52:14

registrar:    ascio
org:          Ascio Technologies Inc.- DK Branch
address:      DK

Domain: sputniknews.lv
Record Date: 2015-04-26
Registrar: 
Server: whois.nic.lv
Created: 
Updated: 
Expires: 

Record:
[Domain]
Domain: sputniknews.lv
Status: active
Changed: 2014-12-05T15:09:17.048218+02:00

[Holder]
Type: Legal person
Name: Rossiya Segodnya
Email: operator@rian.ru
Phone: +7.4956456468
Address: Zubovskij bulvar, d.4, Moscow, , 119021, Russian Federation
RegNr: 7704853840

[Tech]
Type: Natural person
Email: callback@speednic.net
Fax: +45 33886101
Phone: +45 33886100

[Registrar]
Type: Legal person
Name: Ascio Technologies Inc.
Email: billing@ascio.com
Fax: +45 33886101
Phone: +45 33886100
Address: Islands Brygge 55, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark, Denmark
RegNr: None

[Nservers]
Nserver: ns2.sputniknews.com
Nserver: ns3.sputniknews.com

[Whois]
Updated: 2015-04-26T23:12:24.401915+00:00

Domain: sptk.de
Nserver: ns2.sputniknews.com
Nserver: ns3.sputniknews.com
Status: connect
Changed: 2015-05-15T10:59:17+02:00

[Tech-C]
Type: PERSON
Name: Avtandil Sakhokiya
Organisation: Regional Network Information Center
Address: 2/1
Address: 3d Khoroshevskaya str.
PostalCode: 123308
City: Moscow
CountryCode: RU
Phone: +7-4957370601
Fax: +7-4957370601
Email: tld-reseller@nic.ru
Changed: 2015-02-02T15:01:29+01:00

[Zone-C]
Type: PERSON
Name: Avtandil Sakhokiya
Organisation: Regional Network Information Center
Address: 2/1
Address: 3d Khoroshevskaya str.
PostalCode: 123308
City: Moscow
CountryCode: RU
Phone: +7-4957370601
Fax: +7-4957370601
Email: tld-reseller@nic.ru
Changed: 2015-02-02T15:01:29+01:00

Domain: sputnik.kg
Record Date: 2015-07-12
Registrar: 
Server: whois.domain.kg
Created: 
Updated: 
Expires: 

Record:
Domain SPUTNIK.KG

Administrative Contact:
   PID: AI-28620-KG
   Name: Rossiya Segodnya
   Email: sputnik@kg.mailc.at
   Address: Zubovskij BLVD, 4
   phone: +7.4956456468

Technical Contact:
   PID: AI-28620-KG
   Name: Rossiya Segodnya
   Email: sputnik@kg.mailc.at
   Address: Zubovskij BLVD, 4
   phone: +7.4956456468

Billing Contact:
   PID: 11763-KG
   Name: EPAG Domainservices GmbH
   Email: support@epag.de
   Address: Nieburstr. 16b, 53113 Bonn, Germany
   phone: +49 228 3296840

Domain support:  ISP AsiaInfo (+996 312 964488)

Record created: Wed Jul  9 16:20:37 2014
Record last updated on Tue Nov  4 17:14:39 2014
Record expires on Fri Jul 10 23:59:00 2015

Name servers in the listed order:

NS3.SPUTNIKNEWS.COM
NS2.SPUTNIKNEWS.COM

Domain: sputnik.tj
Record Date: 2015-05-21
Registrar: 
Server: www.nic.tj
Created: 
Updated: 
Expires: 

Record:
domain name sputnik.tj
description Для создания информационного сайта: обзор новостей, статьи и т.д
submitted by 

company Rossiya Segodnya
address Россия, г. Москва, Zubovskiy bul, 4 119021
phone +7 495 6456468
fax +7 495 6456468
e-mail operator@rian.ru
domain owner 

company Rossiya Segodnya
address:  
street Россия, г. Москва, Zubovskiy bul, 4 119021
city Москва
state Россия
administrative contact 

NIC handle Internet Invest Ltd
name Vyacheslav Krukovskiy
company Rossiya Segodnya
address:  
street Украина, г. Киев, ул. Гайдара, 50, 01033
city Киев
postal code 01033
state Украина
phone +38 044 2010102
fax +38 044 2010102
e-mail hostmaster@imena.com.ua
technical contact 

NIC handle Internet Invest Ltd
name Vyacheslav Krukovskiy
company Rossiya Segodnya
address:  
street Украина, г. Киев, ул. Гайдара, 50, 01033
city Киев
postal code 01033
state Украина
phone +38 044 2010102
fax +38 044 2010102
e-mail hostmaster@imena.com.ua
dns-servers for domain 

primary DNS-server:  
hostname ns3.sputniknews.com
secondary DNS-server:  
hostname ns2.sputniknews.com
registration data 

registrar  GET.TJ 
registration date 14 Jul 2014

			

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