MOSCOW, April 8 (UPI) -- The Web site of Russia's leading opposition newspaper may be moved to a new host because it has been hit by a huge cyberattack, the editor in chief said Friday.
"There is a thoroughly pre-prepared cyberattack under way," Novaya Gazeta's Dmitry Muratov, told RIA Novosti.
Access to Novaya Gazeta has been blocked since Thursday.
The newspaper has been blocked for its investigative reporting and a new project on the Internet, RIA Novosti said.
The goal of Novaya Gazeta's Internet project, the Online Parliament of Runet, is to provide a forum for some of Russia's most popular bloggers, including jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, RIA Novosti reported.
Muratov said the newspaper was prepared to move its e-version to a different host if the attack persisted.
"We wouldn't want to leave the .ru domain zone but if this happens again we will be forced to do that," he said.
Officials said they weren't sure whether the attack on Novaya Gazeta was related to similar attacks that took the Russian-language version of LiveJournal offline for some time.