Livejournal.com Inaccessible in Kazakhstan

Bloggers in Kazakhstan are having difficulty accessing popular blogging platform Livejournal. It was reported widely on Friday that Livejournal.com was inaccessible. The Moscow Times said of the alleged block:

Internet users in Kazakhstan complained of censorship on Friday after being unable to access the popular blogging service LiveJournal, but the state-owned telecoms company denied it was blocking it.

Associates of Rakhat Aliyev, the former son-in-law of President Nursultan Nazarbayev who fell out with the veteran leader last year, in June started their own blog, which often contains critical comments about the government.

Livejournal has become the most popular blogging platform for Russian speakers over the past few years, and particularly since Russian company SUP bought the company from San Francisco-based Six Apart last year.

Although Livejournal.com is inaccessible, users are still able to access Livejournal.ru, making the ban even more inexplicable. When pointing their browsers to Livejournal.com, users see the following screen:

Livejournal.ru, on the other hand, brings up this screen:

Since Kazakhstan's telecoms are denying any filtering, bloggers are left to speculate as to why the site could be blocked. As noted by The Moscow Times, there is suspicion that the site could be blocked due to the blog of Rakhat Aliyev, the former son-in-law of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Aliyev's blog, accessible here, is considerably critical of the Kazakhstan government.

Kazakhstan....Salary Caps!

Kazakhstan is facing a major economic crisis, much like the one in the U.S. The financial crisis we are facing quickly became a global phenomenon when the U.S. economy began to fail. Executives in other countries may have to get payday loans to get their gold plated back scratchers too. Kazakhstan has followed Obama's lead, and has announced its own salary caps. The president of the central Asian nation, Karim Masimov, only makes just over $50,000 a year (in U.S. dollars). Executives there don't make that much more than the president. $50,000 a year is the income level of a lot of consumers in the U.S. that get payday loans. Similar measures have been talked about in the UK and other places. Still, it is a highly dubious prospect that executives making about $50K are going to worry about getting payday loans in a country where the national monthly wage averages just under $400 U.S.

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It could be a hosting or server problem.

It does not make sense they blocked one domain name only. Sounds like they have server problem or are moving website over on hosting account.

Could be a problem with hosting

It sounds more like a problem with server for website or hosting problem. It makes no sense one domain name works and other does not. Seems like they are moving site to new host or have server problem. Does not seem like they blocked one domain name.

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