European Domains: Soviet Union (phased out) (.su)
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.su registration your Soviet Union (phased out) domain, click here!.su was assigned as the country code top-level domain for the Soviet Union on September 19, 1990. It remains in use today, even though the Soviet Union itself no longer exists, and is administered by the Russian Institute for Development of Public Networks (RIPN or RosNIIRos).
In 2001, the managers of the domain stated that they will commence accepting new .su registrations, but it is unclear whether this action is compatible with ICANN policies. ICANN has expressed intentions to terminate the .su domain, and the IANA states that the domain is being phased out, but lobbyists stated in September, 2007 that they had started negotiations with ICANN on retaining the domain. In the first quarter of 2008, .su registrations increased by 45%.
New .su registrations cost 3000 rubles (approximately $125), a premium over the .ru domain, as it was thought that the cachet of the .su domain could command a premium price in the free market. Since 2007-12-03, it has been discounted to 600 rubles (approximately $25) in an effort to increase demand to fend off elimination by ICANN.
Background Information :The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was a constitutionally socialist state that existed in Eurasia from 1922 to 1991.
The name is a translation of the Russian:, tr. Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik, abbreviated ÏíÏíÏíÏá, SSSR. The common short name is Soviet Union, from ÏíÏ¾ÏÏ´ÒéÒüÏ¦Ï¹Ï ÏíÏ¾ÒÄÏ¸, Sovetskiy Soyuz. A soviet is a council, the theoretical basis for the socialist society of the USSR.
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