Moscow Government plans to open new bidding for registration of .МОСКВА and .MOSCOW domain names to be used for the needs of authorities and municipal institutions, said a spokesperson of the Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development (FAITID). […] "By the time of the first bidding round back in November 2014, the number of applications from the Moscow Government already exceeded the number of reserved names in the original list. By now we have over 1,000 reserved domains waiting to be registered. That's why they open bidding."
In January 2015, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (Geneva) accepted the complaint submitted by the Russian manufacturer of navigation systems – Navitel – against a Russian citizen who has registered domain names NAVITEL.MOSCOW and НАВИТЕЛ.МОСКВА back in December 2014. […] "UDRP applies to all disputes related to domain names in all the new gTLDs, including .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА," said a spokesperson of the Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development, the registry operator of Moscow's domains.
Through 4 - 22 September 2014 the final stage of the Limited Registration Period for .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА TLDs will be held for the municipal authorities, institutions and organizations of the Moscow city to register domain names. They may register domain names reserved by the Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development, Registry Operator of .МОСКВА and .MOSCOW TLDs, for the state needs.
Before August 15 the Limited Registration Period I for .МОСКВА and .MOSCOW domains will continue. […] "The key objective of new domains launch is forming online brand of the capital, target audience, as well as the incentive for introducing technologies and enhancing investing attractiveness of the city, - says Maxim Alzoba, special projects manager of the Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development. – Businesses have additional opportunity to show orientation to Moscow. The information about the products and services available in their city will be more user-friendly".
On July 15, 2014 Limited Registration Period I will be launched for .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА top-level domains. According to the Foundation's press service, a domain name in the capital's Internet segment will now be available for the owners of trade marks protected on RF territory. On July 10, 2014 the Limited Registration Period for the owners of trademarks included in the Trademark Clearinghouse was completed in .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА. In .MOSCOW TLD there are now 154 domains, in .МОСКВА TLD — 7 domains.
On July 15, 2014, the Limited Registration Period I (for owners of trademarks and service marks protected in the Russian Federation) will be launched in .MOSCOW and .MOSCOW top-level domains. […] "Domain names in Moscow's TLDs will now be available for a wider range of users, because they won't have to pay for including their trademarks in the Trademark Clearinghouse", – says Dmitry Burkov, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development. - "We hope that this Limited Registration Period in Moscow's domains will be especially popular among Russian trademark owners associated not only with large businesses but also medium-size and small businesses."
At the ICANN 50 Meeting in London, Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development (FAITID) signed the .МОСКВА and .MOSCOW Registry-Registrar Agreements with seven large international registrars: 101 DOMAIN, ASCIO, BB-ONLINE, GANDI, KEY-SYSTEMS, MARKMONITOR, LEXSYNERGY.
On February 24, State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Zheleznyak has submitted amendments to Russia's anti-piracy law that would extend it to all types of illegal content, including music, books, software, and webcasts of TV channels, not just films and TV shows. The bill would allow holders of rights to all types of content to petition to block websites where their content is posted illegally. […] In addition to extension to new types of content, the bill has other new provisions as well. For example: “If the operator has no technical capabilities to restrict access to illegally published content, the operator must restrict access to such website.” “This wording allows the operators to use “rough” methods of access restriction, such as bans by IP address.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed building up a European communications network avoiding the U.S. “The Europeans haven’t yet spoken about any technical parameters of such network, so it’s not clear what they mean exactly. Is it going to be a completely separate network, or some protocol laid over existing infrastructure?” said FAITID CEO Matvey Alekseev. “Better to improve the system we have now. Yes, it’s controlled by American corporations, but Europeans can develop their own cryptographic protocols.”
ICANN announced that pre-delegation testing for the .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА TLDs has been completed successfully.