This is an update for the previously reported update:
The priority period for registration of
the .РФ domain
was due to end on 25 March after which the exploitation of the newly registered
domain names would have begun. However, just a day before the deadline, it was
agreed to extend the period of priority registration until 11 May 2010 due to
an extensive amount of administrative queries from various organisations, wishing to reserve some
domain names. The Coordinating Centre (responsible for formulating the rules
related to registration of domain names .RU and .РФ) did not clarify whether the already registered
domain names will become active at the end of the extended priority period or at the originally promised end of March/beginning of April.
Unsurprisingly, the official website
does not make it clear when the planned auction for domain
names (possibility of registration by anyone interested
at a fixed price, which will be lowered with time; originally due
to begin in April 2010) and the “open” registration
(purchase of domain names at a market value; originally due to begin in July 2010) will take place.
At the moment, the price of registration
stands on 10,000 RUB (about £225, €252). Just to compare- to register a trademark with the
domain name .RU costs 590RUB and 580RUB for .EU.