In connection with the events of 2014, in which Russia was directly involved, they began to impose restrictive measures (sanctions) against our country, which affected a variety of sectors of life. From culture to financial systems.
To safeguard our economy and protect citizens, the government decided to introduce a new payment system into circulation. The development and implementation of this task was undertaken by the NSPK company (national payment card system).
Every day the payment system expands its "sphere of influence". If earlier it was impossible to pay with the MIR card in half of online stores, now you can go on vacation with it abroad, but this is a limited circle of countries. Here is a list of countries and republics participating in this system: Armenia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia - cash withdrawal from ATMs, payment by bank transfer. Also, a number of operations are available in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey. The plans are to include other EAEU countries in the geography of the Mir SS.
For those who visit foreign countries, Sberbank offers to issue cards, again Visa or Mastercard. You can keep fixed assets on the MIR card, and for payment while abroad, replenish the account of a foreign payment system through your Sberbank personal account. Thus, our government "took care" of you abroad. But only if Russia is disconnected from the SWIFT system, you will still be left without funds abroad ... therefore, you cannot remain without cash.
MIR is our answer to international card solutions VISA and Mastercard. The card has all the functions of foreign counterparts and practically does not differ from them. The difference is that using the cards of the national payment system, you do not have to worry about your money. After all, Visa and Mastercard users run the risk of being sanctioned and, worse, losing their money. Nobody knows what our foreign colleagues can come up with once again. That is why the MIR card is needed and why the Maestro cards are exchanged for the MIR cards.