Websites of Sanctioned Russian Companies Down!
Websites of Russia’s aluminum giant Rusal and two of its shareholders – En+ and Renova – went down on Tuesday due to unspecified reasons. A fourth website, that of the parent group Basic Element, was also missing its usual content.
The companies were added to a U.S. sanctions blacklist to punish Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Washington imposed sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs, 12 companies they own or control, as well as 17 senior Russian government officials.
“Site under construction. Please try again later,” said websites rusal.ru and www.renova.ru. The requested URL for www.enplus.ru/ www.enplus.ru/ru/index.html was not found.
Meanwhile, basel.ru is showing a “Service is temporarily unavailable” message.
Basic Element is one of the largest diversified industrial groups in Russia founded in 1997 and owned by Oleg Deripaska. It was known as Siberian Aluminum until 2001. When the site was still up, it claimed that over 15% of Russian residents were dependent on their Group’s businesses.
In terms of traffic Rusal.ru has been among 220,000 worldwide, ranking in the top 18,000 in its home country of Russia.