The Russian national internet domain, known as Ru.net, celebrates its 20th anniversary on 19 Apr 2014 with over 4.5 million registered domains and amid government attempts to curb its freewheeling ways.
The milestone invites a look at whether the government is succeeding. Observers suggest the authorities might draw back from heavy-handed censorship because of the risk of chilling the country's flourishing Internet life -- eCommerce is reported to be a key growth sector.
The authorities' moves to date include a law designed to protect children from harmful Internet content by allowing the government to take sites offline. Critics say the law can be used to take pro-democracy or other sites down with the simple explanation that the content was "harmful to children." Supporters argue that the fears are overblown.
Date written/update: 2013-11-20