Two companies appointed for the sale and distribution of .rf domain names (ZAO “Regional Net Information Center” and ANO “Regional Net Information Center”) have been investigated by the Federal Antimonopoly Services due to claims that both companies were in fact registering the domains in their own names. The FAS established that ZAO “RNIC” and ANO “RNIC” manipulated customers wishing to purchase domains already owned by ZAO “RNIC” and ANO “RNIC”.

The FAS has placed an obligation on ZAO “RNIC” to return the profit earned from these activities (239 million roubles - approx.5.6 million Euro) to the state budget. The possibility of administrative penalties (fines) being imposed in relation to this violation is currently being considered.