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Russian РФ (RF) Domain Names Now Available

Last Thursday the new .РФ (RF) domain name officially opened to public registration. The Registrar announced that 38’000 domains were registered that day alone, taking the total close to 200’000 registrations. The .РФ (RF) domain extension is the first of a new generation of completely Internationalised Domain Name (IDN). Although some Registries have allowed foreign […] To Be Sold At DomainFest 2009

We don’t often highlight domain sales on here, but this is an exceptional offer for anyone interested in the Ukrainian market., will go on sale at the Domainfest Global 2009 to be held at the Renaissance Hotel, Hollywood, LA, January 28-30th. Kiev is the capital capital and the largest city of Ukraine, located in […]

Russian AntiMonopoly Service Blocks Google Deal

According to Interfax, Googles proposed deal to puchase the contexual ad provider,, for $140m was shot down by the Russian Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) on Thursday. The reason cited has been a lack of clear information on the “individuals who can exert influence on the activity of the Google group, as well as a list […]

Bulgaria Applies For IDN Domain Extension

Bulgaria has entered an official application today to ICANN for the IDN extension .бг (.bg). ICANN had raised the issue of IDN extensions at their recent Paris Conference, with a view to introducing a “limited number of non-contentious IDN ccTLDs, while an overall long-term IDN ccTLD policy is being developed” (DomainNews). A representative of Bulgaria’s […]

Presidential Support for New Russian IDN

Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation has thrown his weight behind the campaign for a new Cyrillic IDN for the country. The Moscow Times reports that this is part of a new drive to promote Russian as a global language. He said 300 million people worldwide used Russian media and that a Cyrillic domain […]

Russian Registry Seeks Support For IDN .RF Domain

The Russian Registry is today asking it’s customer base to vote on the possibility of a new .РФ (.RF) IDN domain name. As they write, ICANN is looking at the possibility of establishing top-level domains using international characters. The final decision on this matter will be taken at the 32nd International Public ICANN Meeting held […]

Russian SU Domain Registry Snubs ICANN

ICANN is still attempting to delete the obsolete SU (Soviet Union) extension but having little success. While they have managed to decommission the .YU (Yogoslavia) extension successfully last year, they are finding rebellion among Russian webmasters, ISPs and the Registry itself. To summerise the dispute so far, September saw ICANN release a statement urging “the […]