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Bulgaria Applies for Top-Level Domain .bg in Cyrillic Script

Bulgaria has submitted a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the Top-Level Domain (TLD) '.bg' in Cyrillic script as part of efforts to boost national pride amid a growing influence of English.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has also called for his country to be assigned a Cyrillic TLD as the Kremlin is concerned that Russian, once the main language throughout the Soviet Union, is losing ground to local languages. All countries using the Cyrillic alphabet are encouraged to participate in discussions (countries include Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine).

Read full story: Reuters

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More information on that Veni Markovski  –  Jun 29, 2008 7:15 PM PST

You can read the Letter from Bulgarian Minister of ITC to ICANN and the one from Russian Minister of Communications; they are both on the ICANN web site.

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