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Moscow Restaurant Dumps Visa and MasterCard, Switches to Russian Mir System

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Restaurant Dr.Zhivago - Sputnik International
Moscow restaurant Dr.Zhivago in the center of the Russian capital stopped accepting Visa and MasterCard cards, switching to the Russian national Mir payment system.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Dr.Zhivago guests can pay their bills in cash or by using Russian Mir cards, the Vedomosti newspaper reported.

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The Mir national payment system kicked off in Russia on April 1, 2015. The system was created after Visa and MasterCard had ceased to serve the cards of some Russian banks because of the US sanctions imposed on Russia amid the conflict in Ukraine.

According to Dr.Zhivago owner Alexander Rapoport, the Mir system is one of the main Russian products which needs to be supported.

Russian bank Sberbank will start issuing Mir cards in early fall.

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