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Moscow Times Website Downed, Newspaper Suspects 'Targeted Attack'

The website of The Moscow Times, the most prominent English-language newspaper in Russia, was inaccessible for around 24 hours after what the paper said it believed was a "targeted attack."

The Moscow Times said on Twitter on February 4 that it was "experiencing technical problems caused by what appears to be a targeted attack."

The tweet did not say who the paper believed was behind it.

The site was still inaccessible nearly 24 hours later. Service was finally restored sometime around midday February 5.

The Moscow Times contains editorials and opinion pieces that are sometimes critical of President Vladimir Putin and his government.