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Visa and MasterCard to pay $4bn for continued Russian business

Visa and MasterCard to pay $4bn for continued Russian business

As Russia begins to ramp up its own counter sanctions to the West, it has been revealed that Visa and MasterCard will have to pay nearly $4 billion in deposits to Russia’s central bank if they wish to continue operating in the country, under a new law signed by president Vladimir Putin.

In March, Visa and MasterCard stopped processing transactions for several Russian

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As Russia begins to ramp up its own counter sanctions to the West, it has been revealed that Visa and MasterCard will have to pay nearly $4 billion in deposits to Russia’s central bank if they wish to continue operating in the country

banks because of US sanctions designed to put pressure on Putin after he moved to annex the region of Crimea.

The Russian president has responded with a new law that will create a national payments system to compete with the American-owned giants, which currently process around 90% of all card transactions in the country – reports Finextra.

In addition, the pair have been told that if they wish to carry on working in Russia they will need to deposit collateral with the central bank equivalent to the value of two days of processing volumes – around $3.8 billion.

According to the Moscow Times, the amount will be payable in eight quarterly payments starting from July.

The new law also means that the companies will face fines of up to 10% of the deposit per day if they unilaterally cut off services to a Russian bank – which could prove costly if the US government makes anymore sanctions moves.

In addition, Visa and MasterCard will have to keep all of their transaction data within Russia’s borders, in a nod towards data privacy concerns Putin has raised.

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