GoDaddy is extending services for free and nixing .ru, IONOS and Namecheap kick off Russian customers.
Domain name registrars are responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Today, GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) said it is removing Russia’s .ru and .ru.com (a CentralNic subdomain targeted to Russia) from its top level domain options and removing .ru from the aftermarket. It’s also closing the Russian version of its website and will no longer accept the Russian Ruble as currency.
GoDaddy is also supporting people in Ukraine, including renewing any product that expires in the next 60 days at no charge.
IONOS, a large registrar part of United Internet, is terminating all Russian customers and refusing to take new ones. It’s also reviewing all of its supplier relationships.
Namecheap was the first large registrar to take action. It is kicking all Russian customers off its platform except for dissident and anti-war sites, which it will serve for free.