History

Due to the U.S. sanctions imposed in March 2013, Visa and MasterCard sharply terminated their services to certain organizations and individuals. American banks controlled by the United States Department of the Treasury had to take rigorous measures against Russia, which caused serious losses to national companies.

Consequently, our country was confronted with the challenge of creating its own national payment card system. The idea was rather simple, i.e. a processing server of such system would be located in the Russian Federation, thus, other countries would have no access to the domestic payment transaction information. This would protect transaction information, increase the level of the national currency’s credibility and, as a consequence, would make our state stronger and more independent.

In this connection, the President of the Russian Federation set a task to create the national payment system in the shortest possible time. Relevant amendments to Federal Law No. 161-FZ On the National Payment System dated 27 June 2011 were made to ensure the establishment of National Payment Card System.

Key Facts

2017

September
Acceptance of MIR national contactless cards to pay for the Metro tickets implemented in St. Petersburg.
August
  • MIR Payment System launched MirAccept 2.0 cardholder online authentication and online transaction protection platform.
  • A pilot project for integration of Russian and Armenian national payment systems completed.
July
  • Russian Agricultural Bank issued the first Mir-UnionPay co-badged cards.
  • Yandex.Kassa connected MIR cards to AliExpress.
June
Over 10 million MIR cards issued in Russia.
May
NSPK became a member of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC).
April
Over 5 million MIR cards issued.
March
  • The RSA Financial Statements for 2016 published. NSPK’s net profit in 2016 amounted to 2.6 billion rubles.
  • Over 3 million cards issued.
February
The top award of the communications industry - Silver Archer - won the NSPK’s project “Russian Card - Market Launch of MIR National Payment System”.

2016

October
Over one million MIR cards issued.


September
  • Sberbank started to accept MIR cards at its ATMs and POS-terminals.
  • Many major Merchants in all market segments accept MIR cards.
August
Roll-out of MIR social and infrastructure projects: Social Card in the Republic of Mordovia, Dweller Card in Yekaterinburg, Student Card for the Southern Federal University, Night Hockey League player card, etc.
July
Gazprombank was the first to issue Mir-JCB co-badged cards.
June
The first contactless MIR transaction performed with the use of smart watch.
April
The first online MIR purchase transaction performed.
February
NSPK Hotline opened on Banki.ru web-portal.

2015

December
  • NSPK certified for compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS 3.1).
  • Gazprombank was the first to issue Mir-Maestro co-badged cards.
  • Sberbank acceded to the MIR Payment System Regulations.
  • The Bank of Russia and NSPK JSC announced the start of the MIR card issue.
November
  • A Memorandum of Understanding entered into by and between NSPK JSC and BanknetVN Vietnamese payment system.
  • A training conference held for Russian credit institutions, dedicated vendors and processing centers.
October
  • MIR Payment System Regulations and Fees presented to the heads of credit institutions in the Bank of Russia.
  • MIR Payment System Regulations adopted by the Supervisory Board of National Payment Card System Joint Stock Company.
July
The name and logo for the national payment system selected as a result of the All-Russian competition. The name MIR was chosen.

June
A co-badging agreement entered into by and between NSPK and MasterCard for the issue of Mir-Maestro co-badged cards.
April
An All-Russian competition for the best logo and name for the national payment system announced.
March
NSPK put into operation its Operational and Payment Clearing Center to process domestic transactions performed with international payment systems’ cards.

2014

December
NSPK began to test its technological platform to process bank transactions, including international payment systems’ transactions, via a newly created Operational and Payment Clearing Center.
August
National Payment Card System Joint Stock Company began operations.


July
National Payment Card System Joint Stock Company officially registered.
May
Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law No. 112-FZ On Amendments to the Federal Law On the National Payment System and Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation.
March
Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, charged the Government and the Bank of Russia with a task to establish the national payment system to protect the country’s interests.