http://rbth.com/business/2014/03/28...alternative_to_visa_and_mastercard_35469.html I've seen some articles about the potential for a Russian credit/debit card network, like Visa or MasterCard. While I can certainly see why it should be done, I believe that such a system would have to be competitive in order to really be effective. How would such a system be able to compete in such a deeply established field? How could this new provider innovate to expand internationally? Perhaps I'm thinking about this wrong, but I just think it should be a commercially viable product without the need for any influence from the Russian government.