Country code top level domain RU exists from April 7, 1994 which is recorded in Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) ccTLD database.
The two-letter country code for Russia (RU) was added to the ISO 3166 list in 1992 at around the time of the Soviet Union replacement by Confederation of Independent States. At that time 3 Russian organizations forwarded their requests for RU administering to IANA independently of each other.
As IANA generally takes no action unless contending parties come to agreement by themselves, it took about two more years for Russian Internet community to achieve consensus.
While Internet evolved in Russia rapidly, Internet community conducted a challenging work of establishing newly structured administrative authority responsible for RU naming assignment policy coordination. In 2001 Coordination Center for TLD RU was founded by Regional Non-profit Center for Internet Technologies (ROCIT), Internet Providers' Union, Russian Association for Networks and Services, and Russian Institute for Public Networks.
Since .RU enables you to protect your business online, a domain with .RU makes your web address unique and easy to memorize. A .RU extension is doing much more, helping you reach and communicate with the audience in Russia.