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Russian Banks Turn to China as Visa, Mastercard Cut Business

  • Sberbank, Alfa working on cards using Chinese, Russian systems
  • Bank of Russia is also easing banks’ reporting requirements
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Visa and Mastercard's Russian Suspension: Explain This
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Sberbank PJSC said it’s looking at the possibility of issuing cards using Russian payments system Mir and China’s UnionPay after Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. suspended operations following the invasion of Ukraine. 

The move could allow Russians to make some payments overseas, with UnionPay operating in 180 countries and regions. Visa and Mastercard said that any transactions initiated with their cards issued in Russia will no longer work outside the country from March 10.