According to The Coordination Center for TLD .RU, the administrator of the national top level domains .RU and .РФ (the national registry) cyrillic domain names will be available for use from the 25th of May. On the night of the 12th-13th May, the first Cyrillic domain in the world as .рф was launched, the two first sites президент.рф (president.rf) and правительство.рф (pravitelstvo.rf) began operating.
.рф domain names must contain only letters from the Russian alphabet.Registration of domain names for state requirements is free, trademark owners could pay from 1,150 rubles ($40) to 10,000 rubles (about $350). The domain is aimed at raising the status of Russian as a global language, and is hoped to expand Internet use among Russian speakers unfamiliar with Latin characters. There are more than 45 million Internet users in Russia now and I wonder how such innovation would impact on the global Internet landscape.