The half a million registrations mark has been hit less than a week since general registration opened for the new internationalized domain name .рф (which stands for Российская Федерация, or Russian Federation in English). A figure that far exceeds expectations.

The figures come from  the Coordination Center for .ru/.рф who had hoped to reach a mere 100,000 by the end of the year for the country code top-level domain which launched on November 11. That level was reached within the first few hours.

In a blog post on the ICANN website earlier this week, the ICAAN representative for Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern Europe, Veni Markovski, noted the instant success of the domain. He also revealed that a black list of 4,023 words existed – mostly vulgarities – that are not allowed for registration. Interestingly he also reported that users had been finding ways to bypass the black list by placing another word in front, or behind the contentious words.

The number of domains sold in the first week already rank the .рф into 17th place among all European domains and suggests the decision to move ahead with Cyrillic ISN ccTLDs was a good one.

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