On December 20, the State Duma approved restrictions on payment integrations in foreign services. The bill originally proposed a 20% cap on foreign capital in ad placement services.

Russia will prohibit the connection of payment systems to foreign couriers

Then new provisions on instant messengers owned by foreigners were added to it, writes Kommersant.

As of March 1, 2023, foreign couriers are prohibited from connecting services that allow you to transfer funds. State companies, structures providing public services, performing “state or municipal tasks” are invited to completely prohibit the use of instant messaging for the transfer of personal data, information about payments, transfers and bank accounts.

The document limits the possibility of integrating payment services with foreign couriers, confirmed the representative of Anton Gorelkin. Roskomnadzor will maintain a list of such services, as follows from the bill.

Since 2017, Telegram has the ability to make payments and money transfers. Transfers are available on WhatsApp, Messenger* and Viber. In Russia, these features are not available.

Payments within the chats are also available on the social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, which are owned by the Russian VK.

*belongs to Meta, whose activities on Facebook and Instagram are banned in the Russian Federation by extremists.


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Source: RB

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