Domains

The Coordination Center for TLD RU/РФ is the national registry (administrator) of the .RU and .РФ domains (Russian Federation) responsible for their stable and safe operation
Registration of second-level domain names in .RU and .РФ is carried out in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of Domain Name Registration in .RU and .РФ.

Restrictions

Registration in .РФ is applied for. Domain registration is open to legal entities and individuals, regardless of whether they are Russian residents.

The existing restrictions primarily concern technical standards:

For .RU:

  • domain name must consist of at least two characters and cannot exceed 63 characters
  • domain name cannot begin or end with a hyphen
  • only Latin letters can be used; uppercase and lowercase letters are not differentiated
  • domain name cannot contain hyphens in the 3rd and 4th positions simultaneously

For .РФ:

  • domain name must consist of at least two characters
  • domain name must contain a number of characters that translates to no more than 63 Punycode characters
  • domain name must begin or end with a letter or a digit
  • the Russian alphabet can be used, including the letter “ё”; uppercase and lowercase letters are not differentiated
  • domain name cannot contain characters other than letters, numbers, and hyphens

Domain registration

You can register a domain name in .RU and .РФ through accredited domain name registrars, a list of which can be found on the website of the Coordination Center for TLD RU/РФ. Please note that the Coordination Center is not a domain name registrar and does not provide services to end users.

To register a domain, you need:

1Think up a domain name and find out if it is available. WHOIS will help with this.
2Find a registrar. To do this, you need to review the terms of service and prices from different accredited registrars and read reviews about them on the internet.
3Submit a domain name registration application, following the procedure of the registrar you’ve selected. Keep in mind: all the information you provide must be reliable − inaccurate information may result in denial of registration or, subsequently, cancellation of the domain name’s registration.

After registering a domain name, you will become its administrator and will be able to manage it. You alone will decide how to use the domain name and the internet resource created on it, and who will provide its technical support.