Russia Celebrates Internet Day

Russian users celebrate Internet Day on September, 30th. On this day in 1998, the first "census of the Russian-speaking internet showed that nearly 1 million Russians had access to the internet. Russian users celebrate Internet Day on September, 30th. On this day in 1998, the first "census of the Russian-speaking internet showed that nearly 1 million Russians had access to the Internet.

Now, there are currently 146.7 million citizens in Russia, and 70% of them are internet users, 53% of them being online every day. For comparison, the highest internet usage in developed countries is 81% of the population, compared to 40% in developing countries, and 15% in underdeveloped countries.

The internet came to Russia in the early 90s. On the 28th of August, 1990, the Institute of Atomic Energy and Ministry of the Motor Industry connected to the global network. Less than a month later, on September 19th, 1990, the domain .su (as inSoviet Union) was registered in the database of the International Information Center, InterNIC.

Soon after the Soviet Union collapsed, InterNIC registered the Russian domain .ru on 7th of April, 1994, which is now celebrated as the birthday of Runet, the Russian segment of the Internet. There are yet no traditions associated with the celebration of this holiday — as of now, mostly internet companies celebrate it, Still, the holiday is still young, so who knows what will become of it in the future.

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