.ru is the Latin alphabet Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Russia introduced on 7 April 1994. The Russian alphabet internationalized country code is .рф.

Introduced7 April 1994; 28 years ago (1994-04-07)
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistryCoordination Center for TLD RU
Intended useEntities connected with Russia
Actual useVery popular in Russia
Registered domains5,381,137 (January 2018)[1]
StructureRegistrations are permitted directly at the second level; third-level registrations are also possible under the rule of the official registry
Dispute policiesNone
Registry websitecctld.ru

Control of .ru is assigned to the Coordination Center for TLD RU (CC for TLD RU), the current official registry. On 1 January 2005, the former registry, the Russian Institute for Public Networks (RIPN), stopped new registrations directly under .ru, but still carried out registry operations for domain names under the second-level domains .com.ru, .net.ru, .org.ru and .pp.ru.

The company RELCOM also proposes third-level registrations beneath various second-level domains such as .msk.ru (Moscow), while Macomnet Telcom[2] proposes third-level registrations beneath .int.ru simultaneously.

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