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Frequently asked questions
Released Domains Auction
(.SU, third-level domains)



   BEFORE DOMAIN RELEASE

How do I learn about the scheduled release of the domain name?

The domain name registration service in SU TLD, geodomains and in COM.RU is rendered for one year. If a Registrant fails to renew domain registration for the next period, the domain will be released from the domain name Registry.

The domain name scheduled release date starts to be displayed in the free-date field of RU-CENTER's Whois-service after its registration expiry date.

The actual domain release may not exactly match the scheduled date, whereas domains normal release procedure does not fall on weekends and on next days after weekends.



What is the "List of soon-to-expire domain names?

The "List of soon-to-expire domain names" is published on the auction.nic.ru site. It enables you to find an appropriate domain name and make a backorder.

Whois data is used to generate the list.
The list includes the domains, which can be released from the Registry within 10 days. You may choose domains from the list, due to be deleted in 10, 5 or 1 day.

A popularity index is displayed for each domain (GOOGLE PageRank, YANDEX TCI etc.), that is, the list is accompanied with estimation of appeal of each domain name.

By using the list of soon-to-expire domain names you can choose a domain and make a backorder directly from the list.

The list is updated every 24 hours. Whereas information about a domain name, including domain release date can change every 24 hours we recommend that the current information on the domain using the Whois service be checked before making a backorder.

Note, that the "Backorder" service can be ordered for any domain, and not only from the list.



For which domain can I order the "Backorder" service?

You can order the "Backorder" service for any taken domain in SU TLD, geodomains and in COM.RU except for those, which are already registered under this service, or same which are being sold at an auction.



How can I make a backorder?

To obtain the "Backorder" service you will be required to:

  1. Conclude an agreement with RU-CENTER (in written form or as an offer), unless you have it already.

    Conclude a Service Agreement

  2. Enter a deposit into your account, enough to pay for the service.

    The deposit is 750 rubles with taxes for each domain. For RF non-residents, who chose to pay in US currency (dollar) - USD 30.

    The details about recharging personal account are given in the RU-CENTER's web server www.nic.ru (in Prices and payments)

  3. Make an order for the service in one of the following ways:

    • on web server www.nic.ru in the "Manage your account" - "Orders" - "Register soon-to-release domain";

    • on web server auction.nic.ru in "My auctions" - "Backordered Domains Auction" - "Make order" section.


What is a deposit and how is it used?

After you make a backorder, a deposit is reserved on the personal account under your agreement.
The deposit is 750 rubles with taxes for each domain. For RF non-residents, who chose to pay in US currency (dollar) - USD 30.

The deposit is used:

  • to pay for the backorder service;

  • as a security of fulfillment of your service payment obligations as a bidder, if your bid is the Best or Second Bid.


Upon auction closing the deposit is:

  • fully released on the personal account under the agreement in the following cases:

    • your bid is the Second Bid and the Auction Winner paid for the domain
    • your bid is not the Best or Second Bid.

    The money may be refunded by your official letter to the account in any bank on the territory of the Russian Federation. Refund procedure is described in Prices and Payments section on RU-CENTER's web server www.nic.ru.

  • a part of the deposit, which is equal to the service fee established by the Pricing, will be withdrawn from the personal account under agreement as domain registration fee, provided your bid is the Best Bid and equal to the bid established by RU-CENTER at the auction starting moment, or your order is the only one; in this case the remaining part of the deposit will be released;

  • fully withdrawn from the personal account under the agreement as payment for the domain, if you became the Auction Winner;

  • withdrawn from the personal account under the agreement as payment for RU-CENTER's auction-related expenses, if you became the Auction Winner and failed to pay for the domain.



When will my backorder become ready-to-process?

Your order for "Backorder" service will become active, having a ready-to-process status, after deposit reservation. The list of active backorders can be viewed on the web server auction.nic.ru in the "My auctions" section ("Backordered Domains Auction" - "Orders: Active orders").

We draw your attention to the following important issues:

  • You can make a backorder anytime. Your order becomes ready-to-process, if it becomes active when the domain name is released from the Registry.
  • From the moment you make an order until the money for service payment is allocated, information on the domain name can change: domain name registration can be renewed by its owner, domain name can be released and re-registered.

We recommend that you:

  • make an order and pay for it in advance, prior to the domain name scheduled release date.
  • get accurate information on the domain, including the domain name release date, using the Whois service.


Can I cancel an active backorder?

You can cancel your backorder, even if the money for it is allocated (ready-to-process order), in the following cases:

  • the release date has not yet come;
  • the domain wasn't released on the release date (domain registration has been renewed by its owner);
  • Domain was released from the Registry on the release date, but RU-CENTER failed to register the domain in the Registry after its release (RU-CENTER's request was not the first among other Registrar's requests).

An order can be canceled on the web server auction.nic.ru in "My auctions" ("Backordered Domains Auction" - "Orders: Active orders").

After the order is canceled, the deposit is released on the personal account under your agreement, and can be used as payment for other services.

How do I learn about the scheduled release of the domain name?

After a domain has been released, RU-CENTER attempts to register it. If the attempt is successful RU-CENTER:

  • transfers the domain name ownership to you, if are the only backorderer;
  • holds a private auction among backorderers in case of multiple backorder requests.

If RU-CENTER is unable to register the domain in the Registry upon its release, your order will remain active.

In any aforesaid case, you will receive a notice to the contact e-mail address, specified in the agreement.



Will my order be cancelled in case the domain name isn't released on scheduled time?

No. If a Registrant renews its domain registration, and the domain is not released on scheduled time, your order will remain active, and RU-CENTER will watch the new domain name release date.



   AFTER DOMAIN RELEASE

What will happen to my order, if RU-CENTER is unable to register the domain upon its release?

If RU-CENTER is unable to register the domain in the Registry upon its release (RU-CENTER's request was not the first among other Registrar's requests), your order will remain active.

You can leave your order until the new domain name release date, or cancel it on the web server auction.nic.ru. After order cancellation the deposit will be released on the personal account under your agreement.



When shall I get the domain, if RU-CENTER is able to register the domain and I am the only backorderer?

No auction will be held, if there is only one backorder request. In that case, RU-CENTER will transfer a domain ownership immediately upon domain registration in the Registry. The deposit reserved on the personal account under your agreement will be automatically withdrawn as payment for the service.



   AUCTION HOLDING

How will I learn that the domain is placed at the auction?

If your backorder request is not the only one, and RU-CENTER is able to register the domain in the Registry upon its release the backorderers will have a private auction.

You will be informed by e-mail about auction start, terms and conditions. This information will also be published on the web server auction.nic.ru 24 hours prior to auction start ("My auctions" - "Backordered Domains Auction" - "Auctions: Active" section).



May I withdraw from the auction?

You may not withdraw from the auction before its start.

You may withdraw only in auction progress, if your bid is not the Best or the Second Bid.

After your withdrawal ,the deposit will be released on the personal account under your agreement.

Note, that in case of withdrawal you will be unable to re-join the current bidding session for that domain



How can I monitor the bidding?

You can monitor the bidding on the web server auction.nic.ru in "My auctions" - "Backordered Domains Auction" - "Auctions: Active".



If a bidder makes a last-minute bid, do other bidders have an ability to outbid him?

The auction schedule (item 5.2.2.) envisages therefore the following solution:

The auction will be extended from the auction closing moment specified on the web server auction.nic.ru, if the last bid is placed in less than 5 minutes prior to auction closing. The auction will continue until bid-to-bid period exceeds 5 minutes.

Thus, if another bidder outbids you on the last minutes before the auction closing, you will have 5 minutes for responding and outbidding. If you enable proxy bidding, after you specified the Maximum bid, this proxy bidding will keep track of the bidding process and will bid up your amount.

Use the Proxy Bidding!

The auction closing moment is determined to the exact minute. Keep track of the auction status and wait until "Auction closing" message appears.



What is proxy bidding?

Proxy bidding will auto-bid your amount up to your Maximum Bid. The proxy bidding system will bid up with a minimum bid increment, if only your bid is not the Best Bid.

For a proxy bid you will be required to place the Maximum Bid you are willing to bid for a particular domain in an auction.

You can place the Maximum Bid in "My auctions" ("Backordered Domains Auction" - "Auctions: Active"). Later, as the auction progresses, you can change (increase or decrease) the Maximum Bid, or disable the proxy bidding by setting "0" in the Maximum Bid field or by leaving the field empty.

Note - you may not cancel the bids made by the proxy bidding.



If I use proxy bidding, can I be sure, that my bid-up process occurs without any delay?

Bids are changed by proxy bidding in split seconds.
We recommend that you place the Max Bid amount - you are ready to offer for a particular domain



Whois.nic.ru says "registered for backorder". How can I enter bidding?

If whois.nic.ru says "registered for backorder", and the domain owner is RU-CENTER - it means that the domain was registered under the "Backorder" service, and this domain was placed for an auction.

A Backordered Domains Auction is private only for the backorderers (before domain's release from the Registry). If you failed to make a backorder, you will not be able to participate in the auction.

If the domain was not purchased at the backordered domains auction, RU-CENTER may put it up for a public auction.



   UPON AUCTION CLOSING

How do I learn about auction results?

At the auction closing moment the letters with bidding results and the sequence of the following actions will be sent to your and other bidders' addresses specified in agreements with RU-CENTER.



When shall I obtain domain registration, if I am declared Auction Winner?

If you are declared Auction Winner, RU-CENTER will transfer domain ownership to you in not more than 3 (three) business days after you remitted payment for the domain name.



How can I pay for the domain name, if I am an auction Winner?

If you are an auction Winner, at the end of bidding RU-CENTER will send you a notification that you are a Winner and that you need to pay for the domain name. The auction winner shall pay for the domain within 10 (ten) calendar days from the moment RU-CENTER sends him a "congratulating" notification.

To pay for the domain you will need to enter a sum of money into your personal account, which is enough to pay for the domain (including the deposit). The recharging procedure is given on RU-CENTER's web server www.nic.ru - http://www.nic.ru/, in the section Prices and payments.

Domain payment funds will be allocated on the personal account under your agreement, if the following conditions are met:

  • the personal account has been recharged with the funds enough to pay for the domain (including the deposit);

  • you did not refuse to pay for the domain (on the web server auction.nic.ru in the "My auctions" section);

  • there are no services on the agreement, which require to block funds for their renewal.

The funds allocated for domain payment will be automatically withdrawn on the last day of the domain payment period. The domain will be deemed paid for, and the deposit will be released on the personal account under your agreement.

If you wish to pay for the domain without waiting for the end of the domain name payment period, you will be required to

  • log in to "My auctions" on the web server auction.nic.ru;

  • click on "Backordered Domains Auction" - "Auctions: Pending payment" item;

  • choose the necessary domain and click on the "change payment terms";

  • choose "Pay for domain now".

After you confirm your consent to pay for the domain now, the money, allocated for domain payment will be released on the personal account under your agreement within one calendar day. The domain will thus be deemed paid for, and the remaining part of the deposit will be released on the personal account under the agreement.



May the Auction Winner refuse from domain name payment?

The auction winner may refuse to pay for the domain name before the funds are withdrawn from the personal account under the agreement.

If you wish to refuse from domain name payment, you will be required to:

  • " log in to "My auctions" on the web server auction.nic.ru;

  • click on "Backordered Domains Auction" - "Auctions: Pending payment" item;

  • choose the necessary domain and click on "change payment terms";

  • choose "Refuse from payment".

If the money for domain payment has been allocated on the personal account under your agreement, it becomes released after your refusal to pay for the domain. You may retract your consent to pay for the domain in "My auctions" on the web server auction.nic.ru before the expiry of the set domain name payment period.

If you are declared the Auction Winner and failed to pay for the domain on time, the deposit is withdrawn from the personal account under your agreement as payment for RU-CENTER's auction-related expenses



Am I entitled to purchase the domain name, if I have the Second Bid?

Yes, you are. If an Auction Winner fails to comply with his payment obligations, the domain name purchase right will go to the bidder, who offered the Second Bid, and you will become the Auction Winner.

A notification that you get the right to buy the domain name, or that the auction Winner paid for the domain name, will be sent to you to e-mail addresses specified in your agreement with RU-CENTER.



How will RU-CENTER use the domain name, if the domain name was not purchased on the Backordered Domains Auction?

If the domain name was not purchased on the backorderd domains auction RU-CENTER remains the domain owner.

RU-CENTER can place the domain for a public auction, which will be held according to the Domain Name Auction Schedule.



All prices are given in conventional units (CU). Ruble equivalent of a conventional unit corresponds to that of 1 (one) US dollar set by the Central Bank of Russian Federation for the auction closing date. Dollar equivalent of a conventional unit equals to 1 (one) US dollar.
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