Court revokes watchdog's decision to fine domain registrar $7.8 mln
MOSCOW, November 2 - RAPSI, Natalia Belova. A court upheld a lawsuit by Regional Network Information Center (Ru-Center), Russia's leading domain name registrar, and revoked the antimonopoly service's resolution, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reported on Wednesday.
The antimonopoly watchdog earlier decided that Ru-Center violated a domain registration law while registering domains in .rf (.рф) zone and fined it $7.8 million.
Ru-Center is one of the largest Russian registrars, which serves two million domain names.
Coordination Center for TLD RU commenced registering domains in .rf zone on November 11, 2010. All those willing could apply for free registration by entering into an agreement with any of 20 registrars. Meanwhile, the Coordination Center limited the application processing rate. According to it, each registrar could process no more than 4,800 applications per hour.
The antimonopoly service found Ru-Center guilty of unfair competition in July. Besides, the watchdog said Ru-Center colluded with five companies in order to split domain registration market.