Vardan Kushnir, notorious for sending spam to each and every citizen
of Russia who appeared to have an e-mail, was found dead in his Moscow
apartment on Sunday, Interfax reported Monday. He died after suffering
repeated blows to the head.
Kushnir, 35, headed the English learning centers the Center for
American English, the New York English Centre and the Centre for
Spoken English, all known to have aggressive Internet advertising
policies in which millions of e-mails were sent every day.
In the past angry Internet users have targeted the American English
centre by publishing the Center's telephone numbers anywhere on the
Web to provoke telephone calls. The Center's telephone was advertised
as a contact number for cheap sex services, or bargain real estate
Another attack involved hundreds of people making phone calls to the
American English Center and sending it numerous e-mails back, but
Vardan Kushnir remained sure of his right to spam, saying it was what
e-mails were for.
Under Russian law, spamming is not considered illegal, although
lawmakers are working on legal projects that could protect Russian
Internet users like they do in Europe and the U.S.
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