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Russian .SU Increases Stakes in ICANN Fight

As reported in February, ICANN is continuing attempts to delete the .SU (Soviet Union) domain extension. Pressure has increased after the successful decommissioning of the .YU (Yugoslavia) address this week, where operators for the new extensions .RS for Serbia and … Read More

Russian Yandex removes backLink operator

This week Yandex, the largest search engine in Russia decided to remove the ability for webmasters to view incoming links to their sites (or backlinks as they are commonly known). Previously this had been possible by two methods, the first … Read More

Russian Rambler takes control of Begun.ru

Rambler have taken a controlling 51% stake in the PPC service, Begun.ru. In much the same way as Overture of old, Begun.ru provides a contextual advertising stream to site partners, Rambler being their largest. Rambler previously acquired a 25.1% stake … Read More

New Russian Search Engine Gogo Launched

Mail.ru have launched a new search engine into Runet this week, called “GoGo”. GoGo allows you to search for web pages, pictures, photo and video files. In addition, area search index included Otvety.mail.ru service. The search engine currently indexes 1 … Read More

OLX Launches Russian Operation

OLX, the online classified service, have announced their expansion into the Russian market. The company provides a similar service to CraigsList, where users are encouraged to place free classified adverts for products or services. Working already in 35 countries, OLX … Read More

Google Turns to Advertising in Russia

C-News reports that Google has launched its first ever advertising campaign in Russia. While usual Google policy is to rely on word of mouth to build support, they have decided to change policy in Runet. Google’s advertising banners appeared on … Read More

Rambler Announces Year End Results in Russia

Rambler Media, the holding group for the Rambler search portal, have published their end of year results for 2006 today. Report highlights: Internet Revenue up 91% on year to US$28.3m (from US$14.8m in 2005) 24.4m unique monthly users for Rambler.ru … Read More

Russian LiveJournal joins Yandex Ad Network

Yandex has secured a contract with the company behind LiveJournal in Russia to display their contextual adverts on users blogs. LiveJournal is very popular in Russia with almost 1m blogs currently hosted on the system and a reported 3.3m visitors … Read More

Index Ventures Invests £9.1m in Russian Amazon

E-consultancy reports that Index Ventures, Holtzbrinck Ventures and Cisco Systems have invested £9.1m (approx. $18m) into Ozon.ru, the Russian ‘Amazon’. Ozon.ru intends to use the capital to develop its logistics, expand product lines and establish new distribution centres across Russia. … Read More

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