Apple shuts Russian Apple Pay loophole by cutting off Mir cards

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Apple has cut off Russia's Mir card payment system from Apple Pay on Thursday, shutting a loophole that allowed some Russian users to continue using Apple's payment platform.




Following the introduction of U.S. and E.U. sanctions against Russian banks on February 25, iPhone users in Russia largely haven't been able to use Apple Pay on their devices. On Thursday, Apple plugged one of the few gaps that still allowed some to keep using Apple Pay.

The original shuttering revolved around Mastercard and Visa's usage on Apple Pay, western platforms that had to abide by the sanctions. However, Reuters reports the Russian Mir card system was still functional until Apple withdrew Apple Pay access on Thursday.

In a statement, Russia's National Card Payment System (NSPK) said it was informed by Apple that support for Apple Pay was suspended. "Starting from March 24, users cannot add new Mir cards to the service. Apple stops all operations of previously added cards over the next few days," NSPK said on Friday.

Sberbank, a major bank and lender in Russia, was also warned by Apple about the culling of access. "Further use of Mir cards in Apple Pay will not be available," the bank told the report.

Support of Apple Pay by Mir started in July 2021, five years after Apple Pay debuted in the country.

Along with cutting access to Apple Pay, Apple has stopped all online sales in Russia, as well as suspending all App Store Search Ads in the territory. The sanctions also affected third-party resellers, with the re:Store chain temporarily shuttering at a time when grey prices of Apple products skyrocketed.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    darkvaderdarkvader Posts: 1,146member
    Took long enough.

    I saw a video of a Russian mall a few days ago.  It's depressing how many stores were still open.
    Alex_V
  • Reply 2 of 6
    AlexeyVAlexeyV Posts: 13member
    darkvader said:
    Took long enough.

    I saw a video of a Russian mall a few days ago.  It's depressing how many stores were still open.
    Why should any stores be closed?
    sosh
  • Reply 3 of 6
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    AlexeyV said:
    darkvader said:
    Took long enough.

    I saw a video of a Russian mall a few days ago.  It's depressing how many stores were still open.
    Why should any stores be closed?
    Because everyday Russians must be made to suffer extreme deprivation for the crimes of their oppressors.  As it ever was.
    Alex_V
  • Reply 4 of 6
    frantisekfrantisek Posts: 760member
    crowley said:
    AlexeyV said:
    darkvader said:
    Took long enough.

    I saw a video of a Russian mall a few days ago.  It's depressing how many stores were still open.
    Why should any stores be closed?
    Because everyday Russians must be made to suffer extreme deprivation for the crimes of their oppressors.  As it ever was.

    Bro you watch masmedia too much. But I hope same measures will be applied to all agresors in any conflict from now. Ideally to still running as well. Lybia, Jemen and so on anyone? And what anout 8 years in Donbas?
    sosh
  • Reply 5 of 6
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    frantisek said:
    crowley said:
    AlexeyV said:
    darkvader said:
    Took long enough.

    I saw a video of a Russian mall a few days ago.  It's depressing how many stores were still open.
    Why should any stores be closed?
    Because everyday Russians must be made to suffer extreme deprivation for the crimes of their oppressors.  As it ever was.

    Bro you watch masmedia too much. But I hope same measures will be applied to all agresors in any conflict from now. Ideally to still running as well. Lybia, Jemen and so on anyone? And what anout 8 years in Donbas?
    Bro, what?
  • Reply 6 of 6
    crowley said:
    AlexeyV said:
    darkvader said:
    Took long enough.

    I saw a video of a Russian mall a few days ago.  It's depressing how many stores were still open.
    Why should any stores be closed?
    Because everyday Russians must be made to suffer extreme deprivation for the crimes of their oppressors.  As it ever was.
    Thanks god, western countries doesn’t own any stores in Russia, so, they can’t close ‘em.
    And, really guys, you should stop watching TV. 
    soshfrantisek
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