Will Abkhazia and South Ossetia have its own domain?

    Today, one of the essential attributes of any state is its own domain zone. All states have it, regardless of the degree of their wealth and the state of the economy. At the end of last week, the REGNUM news agency raised the question of the chances of obtaining its domain zones by Abkhazia and South Ossetia .

    On Sunday, a message was published on the REGNUM official website, "an expert who wanted to remain anonymous," who claimed that both Abkhazia and South Ossetia could claim their own domain zones in the same way as Kosovo. The first is on AB or AP (the Abkhazians call their unrecognized state of Apsny), and the second on OS or SO (though these two letters are currently occupied by Somalia). In principle, such a desire may indeed arise. Today, your own domain zone is one of the signs of a full-fledged state. Moreover, the importance of the Internet was clearly demonstrated during the Georgian-Ossetian war.

    However, the expert emphasizes that the real chances of obtaining their own domain zones from these unrecognized states are negligible. Indeed, ICANN is "under the control of the United States." And America will never (at least at this stage) recognize either Abkhazia or South Ossetia. However, such a statement caused an uproar in ICANN itself. The Russian representative of this organization even came down to comment. He replied that, firstly, “ICANN is not under the leadership of the US government,” and secondly, “with regard to the distribution of country code top-level domains, the decision about which code a state receives is decided not by ICANN, but by the International standardization organization. "

    Nevertheless, I think everyone understands that they will not succeed in obtaining their own domain zones in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. At least until at least the UN recognizes them. And this is not expected in the near future. If the national domains of these countries do appear, they will become a clear symbol of their independence.

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