updated 2/4/2010 6:43:25 PM ET 2010-02-04T23:43:25

The Web site of a prominent Russian newspaper that relentlessly criticizes the Kremlin is back online after what editors say was a weeklong massive hacker attack.

Sergei Asriyants, an editor at Novaya Gazeta, said Thursday that the site was down for eight days due to a "well-organized and powerful" attack.

Novaya Gazeta's reporters have been harassed, attacked and even killed in crimes that police rarely solve.

In recent years, online resources of Russian opposition and independent media have been debilitated by similar hacker attacks that some analysts claimed were organized by the Kremlin.

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