[news release] Six years ago, on May 12, 2010, a new national Cyrillic domain .РФ was assigned to Russia. Today .РФ is the most successful IDN domain and the largest Cyrillic domain area in the world.
Currently, some 882,488 domain names are registered in .РФ, which brings it to the top place among non-Latin domains and 17th place among European national domains. Thirty-five accredited registrars are responsible for assigning registration in the domain area.
Some 86% of .РФ domain names have been assigned. Thirty percent of domain names are used for websites, while 13% second-level domains are used for redirecting purposes. Over the past year, .РФ has expanded by 5.6%.
Andrei Vorobyov, Director of the Coordination Center for TLD RU/РФ, commented, “The most important thing at this point is that there is interest in .РФ from our users. The domain is growing; the number of operating websites is increasing, as is the number of domains assigned. The domain has gone a long way and I think this experience is useful to our colleagues who have launched new top-level domains. .РФ is the absolute leader among IDN domains. This became possible thanks to our colleagues, friends, partners, and everybody involved in its creation, development and support. Thank you and happy anniversary to .РФ.”
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