Runet - Russian segment of the Internet.

The name "Runet" comprised of the domain name. Ru (which can also be interpreted as the first two letters of the word "Russian") and postfix "no," that in English means "network» (net), spontaneously came into use in late 1990 -ies.

The term was invented in the spring of 1997, the author of one of the first regular network column of Russian Raffi Aslanbekov and then introduced into the circle of his Russian-language internet-cultural communication, where the term quickly caught on.