"Domain .RU Live Issues" round-table was launched as part
of XV regional representation scientific-educational network
conference "RELARN 2008". The attendees addressed most live
issues for domain industry development in Russia. The achievements
and problems of Russian national domain RU were expressed by
Alexey Platonov - RIPN Director, Vladimir Molchanov -
RIPN Deputy Director for "RU and SU Domains Technical Center"
project, a member of the RU Domain Coordination Center Council,
Pavel Khramtsov - RU-CENTER lead analyst, and
Andrey Vorobiev -
RU-CENTER Public Relations Department Manager. Alexey Soldatov -
Chairman of Internet Development Fund Board (this year the Fund
provided General Sponsorship for the Conference) and Ekaterina
Manko - RU-CENTER Projects Manager made presentations on SU
Round table participants expressed a high opinion of the
activity of the National Domain Technical Center that provides
stable and continuous functioning of the Russian Internet.
Alexey Platonov made a detailed speech about RIPN project for
development of RU domain root server nodes, with its primary
target to optimize DNS traffic run. Whereas setup of these
nodes was initially planned in all seven RF Federal Districts
and in some European countries, this program has a broader
outlook up to date: as provisionally scheduled, Secondary
DNS-servers of RU domain will appear on US Western and Eastern
coasts and in Asia (assumingly in Hong-Kong and Tokio).
Educational society representatives, playing a significant
role in the conference, addressed the issue on appearance of
uncensored domain names in the Russian Internet. Andrey Vorobiev
told that .RU domain registration rules approved by the National
Domain Coordination Center forbid the accredited registrars to
register offensive and immoral words and expressions as domain names.
But each registrar solves this issue at its own discretion, as there
is no uniform taboo list. Vladimir Molchanov stressed that this list
is unlikely to be reasonable. This will be an open list anyway and
require constant updating. The best way is to maintain a status-quo
and settle all disputes in court. To prevent occurrence of problematic
domains, the registrars should be more responsible to meet registration
rules while processing the queries.
The reasons for boosting .RU domain and a potential to register
domain names therein in Russian became another subject of the round
table encouraged by the attendees. Alexey Soldatov - Chairman of
Internet Development Fund Board acting as SU registrant gave a
brief summary of the domain history and outlined its outlook.
Up to date International Standardization Organization (ISO)
made a decision that bi-lateral country codes that have expired
for some reasons will be reserved in the country and territory
code table for 50 years from the year of official extinction of
the state. In particular compliance to this table, bi-lateral
domains will be delegated to the countries and territories.
Following these rules, the existence term of SU code and domain
is limited to 2042. However, according to Alexey Soldatov, the
issue on domain retention for uncertain long term is vigorously
Ekaterina Manko - RU-CENTER Project Manager briefed on the
results of opening SU Multilanguage domain registration. In less
than a month's period the domain has been enlarged by almost 15 th.
names in Russian, Greek, Armenian, Hebrew and other languages.
A total number of Secondary-level domains in SU zone already
exceeds 65 th.