Payments and Cards Industry in Russia: Emerging Trends and 2020 Forecasts

Press Release   •   May 26, 2016 03:44 EDT

This report 'The Cards and Payments Industry in Russia: Emerging Trends and Opportunities to 2020' report provides detailed analysis of market trends in the Russian cards and payments industry. It provides values and volumes for a number of key performance indicators in the industry, including check payments, payment cards, cash transactions, direct debits and credit transfers during the review period (2011-2015).

The report also analyses various payment card markets operating in the industry, and provides detailed information on the number of cards in circulation, and transaction values and volumes during the review period and over the forecast period (2016-2020). It also offers information on the country's competitive landscape, including the market shares of issuers and schemes.

The report brings together research, modelling, and analysis expertise to allow banks and card issuers to identify segment dynamics and competitive advantages. The report also covers details of regulatory policy, and recent changes in the regulatory structure.

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Key Highlights

  • Following the invasion of Crimea on March 18, 2014, the US government imposed sanctions against Russia in March 2014. Consequently, Visa and MasterCard stopped processing card payments in the country. To counteract this move, the Russian government launched the National Payment Card System (NPCS) on April 1, 2014, followed by the Mir national payment card in December 2015. The Russian government plans to issue Mir cards on a large scale in 2016, and promote the cards among government employees. A total of 35 banks have expressed an interest in issuing Mir cards, with seven already issuing them during the pilot.
  • The uptake of alternative payments among Russian consumers is gaining traction as a result of the availability of options such as Yandex.Money, WebMoney, Moneta and PayPal. Banks and payment service providers are also investing in offering customers a choice of payment option, whether in-store, at home or mobile. Most recently in August 2015, Visa and Russian payment service provider Qiwi launched the Visa Qiwi Wallet. Apart from making payments, the co-branded digital wallet can also be used to receive and transfer money worldwide. Visa Qiwi Wallet accounts can be topped up at 100,000 Qiwi kiosks throughout Russia, by linking to a bank card or mobile phone account. This initiative is expected to further shift consumer focus on alternative payments.
  • Contactless technology is expected to gain prominence among Russian consumers. Banks and payment service providers are also keen to promote contactless technology, and are launching new services to increase its uptake. The latest of these is the launch of the Visa Qiwi Wallet, which incorporates Visa's payWave contactless technology, in August 2015. In June 2014, Russia Standard Bank entered into an agreement with Samsung Electronics and MasterCard to launch a contactless payment service for NFC-enabled Samsung smart phones. As part of the agreement, users of Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices can make contactless mobile payments (m-payments) using MasterCard's PayPass technology. These initiatives are anticipated to provide a push to contactless payments in the country.

'The Cards and Payments Industry in Russia: Emerging Trends and Opportunities to 2020' report provides top-level market analysis, information and insights into the Russian cards and payments industry, including:

  • Current and forecast values for each market in the Russian cards and payments industry, including debit and credit cards
  • Detailed insights into payment instruments including credit transfers, direct debits, cash transactions, checks and payment cards, and an overview of the country's key alternative payment instruments
  • E-commerce market analysis
  • Analysis of various market drivers and regulations governing the Russian cards and payments industry
  • Detailed analysis of strategies adopted by banks and other institutions to market debit and credit cards
  • Comprehensive analysis of consumer attitudes and buying preferences for cards
  • The competitive landscape in the Russian cards and payments industry


  • This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Russian cards and payments industry.
  • It provides current values for the Russian cards and payments industry for 2015, and forecast figures to 2020.
  • It details the different demographic, economic, infrastructural and business drivers affecting the Russian cards and payments industry.
  • It outlines the current regulatory framework in the industry.
  • It details marketing strategies used by various banks and other institutions.

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Table of Contents

1 Definitions and Methodology

2 Key Facts and Events

3 Executive Summary

4 Payment Instruments

5 E-Commerce

6 Alternative Payments

7 Regulations in the Cards and Payments Industry

8 Analysis of Cards and Payments Industry Drivers

9 Market Segmentation and New Product Launches

10 Payment Cards

11 Debit Cards

12 Credit Cards

13 Commercial Credit Cards

14 Card Issuers

15 Prepaid Cards

16 Merchant Acquiring

17 Appendix

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