.РФ domain

Open registration in .РФ

Since 11 November 2010 open registration of second level domain names in IDN TLD .РФ has started. Terms and conditions of domain name registration in domain .РФ regulates the registration of domain names.

According to the Terms and Conditions, from 11 November 2010 года to 10 November 2011 inclusive domain name registration services may be provided solely to:
- an individual who is a citizen of the Russian Federation;
- a legal entity registered in compliance with the law of the Russian Federation;
- a foreign legal entity which has an office in the territory of the Russian Federation accredited in compliance with the law of the Russian Federation.
The right for the administration of domain name registered from 11 November 2010 to 10 November 2011 (inclusive) may not be transferred to another person during one year from the date of registration of such domain name.

From 1 July 2011 amendments to the Terms and conditions of domain name registration in domain .РФ come into effect.

.РФ domain launch phases

November 25, 2009 to March 25, 2010 – government reserve sunrise phase: period during which government structures and agencies can apply for their corresponding domain names (following Provisions for reserving government-related second-level domain names in IDN .РФ).
November 25, 2009 to May 11, 2010 –  trademarks sunrise phase: period during which trademark owners can apply for their corresponding domain names (following Provisions for priority registration in IDN TLD .РФ).
May 12, 2010 to September 16, 2010 – exclusive rights sunrise phase: period during which second level domain names can be applied for by the holders of exclusive rights  for trademarks and service marks of any kind in case the trademark is either a recognisable word or contains a recognisable word, phrase or abbreviation (following Provisions for priority registration of domain names in IDN TLD .РФ for certain categories of registrants).
July 15, 2010 to September 16, 2010 – exclusive rights sunrise phase II: period during which the holders of exclusive rights can apply for a second level domain name corresponding to product names, region names. Non-commercial organizations and mass media can also apply for a second-level domain name during this period. (following Provisions for priority registration of domain names in IDN TLD .РФ for certain categories of registrants).

Government reserve sunrise phase

Government applications for second-level domain names in .РФ domain were accepted by CC for TLD RU from November 25, 2009 to March 25, 2010. The applications were then processed until the very start of the landrush phase (October 2010). Each applicant has received a written reply. 

Provisions for reserving government-related second-level domain names in IDN .РФ
Recommendations for administrators of reserving government-related second-level domain names in IDN .РФ
Information for government agencies and structures to apply for government-reserved second-level domain names
Detailed information on domain names reserved for government needs 

For additional information, please contact us at +7 (495) 737 5898 or using our feedback form.

Trademarks sunrise phase

Applications for second-level domains from holders of trademark rights were accepted from November 25, 2009 to May 11, 2010. This process was carried out by registrars accredited for registering domain names in .РФ domain. Application fee was fixed by registrars. 
List of .РФ accredited registrars

The process of applying for a second-level domain name is described in the following documents carried out by CC for TLD RU: 
Terms and Conditions of domain names registration in IDN TLD .РФ 
Provisions for priority registration in IDN TLD .РФ

Whois service for domain .РФ

Priority domain name registration phase for certain applicants

Applications for second-level domains from holders of the exclusive rights for trademarks and/or service names were accepted from May 12, 2010 to September 16, 2010. This process was carried out by registrars accredited for registering domain names in .РФ domain. Application fee was fixed by registrars.  

Applications for second-level domains from holders of the exclusive rights for product and product region names were accepted from July 15, 2010 to September 16, 2010. This process was carried out by registrars accredited for registering domain names in .РФ domain. Non-commercial organizations and mass media could also apply for a second-level domain name during this period. Application fee was fixed by registrars.  

Provisions for priority registration of domain names in IDN TLD .РФ for certain categories of registrants

Previous phases of .РФ domain implementation

Following CC for TLD RU resolution, a .РФ Registration Working group was created on April 2, 2009. The core responsibilities of the group include:

  • develop documents and instructions essential for registering domain names in IDN ccTLD .РФ;
  • develop rules and regulations for trademark owners to register corresponding domain names during the sunrise phase;
  • develop rules and regulations for government structures and agencies to register corresponding domain names during the sunrise phase;
  • form a mutual agreement regarding rules and regulations for registering second-level domain names in .РФ between internet community, business and government representatives.

The working group included registrar representatives as well as CC for TLD RU members. More experts joint the group later.

First draft of second-level domain names registration concept for .РФ was published on April 17, 2009; the document covered the basic details of registration process, its steps and phases in Russia’s new national domain .РФ:
Second-level domain names registration concept for .РФ (first draft)

Public comments were submitted via feedback form on CC for TLD RU website from April 17 to May 15, 2009. The Concept was subject to many discussions with internet community, as well as business and government representatives at many events that took part during 2009 – RIF+KIB, Sviaz-Expocomm 2009, Relarn 2009, hosting providers summit Hostobzor in spring 2009 to name a few. The comments were highly appreciated and were taken into consideration while creating the final version of the Concept.

Final version of Second-level domain names registration concept for .РФ was approved on June 17, 2009 by the Council of CC for TLD RU:
Second-level domain names registration concept for .РФ (final version)

A set of documents and instructions was then created by CC for TLD RU staff, aiming to regulate the domain name registration process in .РФ and registrars accreditation.

The Terms and conditions of domain name registration under domain .РФ and Provisions for priority registration in IDN TLD .РФ were approved on September 30, 2009. Current version of documents is published at Official documents.

Following the absentee voting that went from October 8 to 16, 2009, the Registrar Accreditation Requirements and Accreditation agreement were approved. Current version of documents is published at Official documents.

On March 24, 2010, following the absentee voting of CC for TLD RU Council, first period of the sunrise phase intended for trademark owners to secure their positions in new national domain was extended to May 11, 2010.

The Provisions for priority registration of domain names in IDN TLD .РФ for certain categories of registrants that came into power since May 12, 2010, was approved by the Council on April 15, 2010. This regulation has greatly extended the applicant categories that are eligible for priority domain name registrations. Current version of document is published at Official documents.