Russian Companies Under Sanctions to Have IP Address Issuance Resumed

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The international internet registrar, RIPE NCC, has announced on June 12 the renewal of its services for Russian participants that were subjected to sanctions but continued to provide communication services. The issue of payment for registrar services remains unresolved.

RIPE NCC has made a decision to remove the “sanctions” tag from the database and to start accepting new applications for membership. Nothing will change for Russian companies that provide not only communication services, without specifying the corresponding members of the organization: RIPE NCC plans to reach out to each one individually. Full services will be resumed for those members under ongoing investigation regarding the applicability of sanctions, explained RIPE NCC’s Director of External Relations, Maxim Burtikov. The decisions made are no longer subject to review.

According to the RIPE NCC’s “Sanctions Transparency” report for the second quarter, 1046 cases are being investigated regarding the introduction of sanctions, of which 361 are related to events in Ukraine. Moreover, four Russian members have refused to cooperate with RIPE NCC since February 2023, and the reasons for this decision are not specified. The organization also reported that it will refrain from billing Russian participants until there is clarity on whether banks will be able to process international payments. Companies that have been under investigation and those that have been sanctioned were not billed, as RIPE NCC could not receive payments from them. Such companies have retained access to their internet resources but could not receive new ones. However, 98% of Russian members of RIPE NCC who received bills for 2023 have already paid them.

With the onset of events in Ukraine, sanctions were imposed on Russian companies by the European Union and other countries. Economic actions included the registration of internet resources and issuance of IP addresses, and RIPE NCC, under the jurisdiction of the Netherlands, could not provide services to persons and companies affected by the sanctions – their resources had to be frozen. In March 2022, the organization allowed companies affected by sanctions to postpone payment for internet resources but did not exempt them from this obligation: if there were sanction-related factors preventing bill payment, the action of the standard service agreement continued.

In June 2022, as part of the sixth package of European sanctions, exceptions were introduced for the payment of resources necessary for the provision of telecommunications services. At the same time, the Dutch authorities removed the issuance of IP addresses from under the sanctions.

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Vasyl Kolomiiets
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