"Mir" payment system
The Russian national payment system was created on 23 July 2014. In Spring 2015, in the course of an all-Russia creativity competition, the name Mir and the brand logo were chosen.
The Operator of Mir Card Payment System is National Card Payment System Joint-Stock Company.
The main objectives of the Russian national payment system are:
Provision of a reliable money transfer service with the use of national payment instruments;
Building of trust to cashless means of payment;
Creation of Russian sovereign payments area independent from foreign companies;
Issuing of Mir Russian national payment card;
Promotion of Mir cards on the international market.
First Mir cards were issued in December 2015 in the framework of a pilot project.
It is planned that Mir card will be widely spread across Russia. It is also envisaged to promote the card abroad under cobadging projects with international payment systems. Currently Mir Maestro, Mir JCB and Mir AmEx are already being issued.
Unlike international payment systems’ card transactions, Russian Mir card transactions cannot be suspended and no external economic and political factors can influence their processing.