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==Background of the .moscow (.москва) Project==
In 2010, the [[Coordination Center for TLD RU-CENTER]] (CC for TLD RU), the registry operator of the a leading Russian [[.ru]] [[ccTLD]] and [[.РФDomain Name]] [[IDNRegistrar]] ccTLD, initiated the [[.moscow]] ([[.москва]]) project. The CC for TLD RU -CENTER proposed the project to different government agencies in Moscow, and suggested the creation of a special community council to administer it.<ref>[http://www.domainmoscow.org/node/49 RU-CENTER has announced the idea of TLDs .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА implementation]</ref>
Following the CC for TLD RU-CENTER's proposal, the Moskovskiy Komsomolets, one of the leading newspapers in Russia, launched a survey about the project on its website to poll public opinion. The survey ran from September 2 until October 1, 2010. <ref>[http://www.domainmoscow.org/node/50 A poll in the support of TLDs .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА started on the “Moskovskiy Komsomolets” website]</ref> Thousands of citizens responded and supported the project. The Moscow Department of Culture and Moscow Department of Support and Development of Small and Middle Entrepreneurship (DSDSME) also supported the project and expressed their willingness to participate in creating a Community Council to handle the application for the TLDs with ICANN.<ref>[http://www.domainmoscow.org/node/46 Moscow governmental bodies support the idea of .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА implementation]</ref> FAITID was established and took over the responsibility to manage the .moscow/москва project. <ref>[http://www.domainmoscow.org/ About TLDs .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА]</ref>
Since the inception of the .moscow (.москва) project, it has been presented at different international Internet conferences and symposiums, and notably during ICANN meetings. It was introduced during the 2010 [[RIPE NCC]] Moscow Regional Meeting.<ref>[http://www.domainmoscow.org/node/45 TLDs .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА were introduced during the RIPE NCC Moscow Regional Meeting 2010]</ref><ref>[http://www.domainmoscow.org/node/71 Moscow TLDs will be introduced on ICANN Meeting in San Francisco]</ref>

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