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The Russian government closed the Web site of a militant branch of Hamas.

Russian-speaking Israeli lawmakers had requested the shutdown.

The site of Az-Adin Al-Qassam was taken off its Russian-hosted server last week. In a public statement, the group cited efforts of “the Zionist lobby” that led to the site’s demise.

The Parliamentary Club of the World Congress of Russian Jewry had discussed the site earlier this month in Moscow. In a meeting with the deputy speaker of Russia’s senate, Alexander Torshin, members discussed the terrorist-backed Web site, which was hosted by a Russian company, Data Force.

The Web site had been upgraded in June. In a statement, Az-Adin Al-Qassam said the update had increased traffic to the site and drawn the attention of the lawmakers.

The site contained video and audio files glorifying suicide bombers and rockets attacks, and included recruiting information, according to IzRus, a Russian-language Israeli publication.

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