Apple has expanded the number of partner banks that work with Apple Pay in several countries, including Russia. This is reported in the relevant section on the company's website.
Most new banks appeared in the US and China, as well as innovations affecting Italy, Spain and Canada. As for Russia, Apple Pay service has become available to cardholders of two large banks simultaneously – ICB (Moscow Credit Bank) and Ural Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In the latter case, however, the service only works with debit and credit cards of the Visa payment system.
Earlier it became known that Russia is in the first place in the world in terms of the number of non-cash payments using the payment systems Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay. Therefore, it is logical to assume that in the future the number of partner banks in Russia will only grow.
On October 4, 2016, Apple Pay payment service was officially launched in Russia. It is supported by all iPhone with an NFC chip, that is, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and older.