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Draft Bill no. 89417-6, passed by the lower house of Russia's parliament, has raised of a lot of argument.
Russia's Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies (FAITID) has applied to register two new domains: .moscow and its Cyrillic equivalent. When applying with ICANN in February, the foundation also paid the $ 185,000 application fee. If approved by ICANN, registration in the new domains will follow the standard procedure: in the first stage, names will be reserved for technical and governmental services, then brand owners will be allowed to register, etc. FAITID officials think registration fees in the new domains will eventually drop to the standard price of 600 roubles (roughly $20). 15 April was the deadline to apply for registration of new upper-level 'custom' domain zones. As of early March, there were 144 submissions, each corresponding to one or more (up to the limit of 50) suggested domains. Identity of the applicants will be revealed by ICANN in early May, and the final decision on whether or not register new domain zones is to be made almost two years later.