WeChat Pay, a Chinese payment service, is now available in Russia, the Vedomosti newspaper reports. As the Chairman of the Board of the Sendy company (a WeChat Pay’s Russian partner) Igor Klyuchnikov said, the service is aimed at serving the Chinese who come to Russia: as of this moment, only Chinese citizens can use WeChat Pay. The number of WeChat Pay users in the Russian Federation is not specified.
WeChat Pay enables you to make purchases using an app for smartphones. The service is based on the WeChat messenger, which is popular among the Chinese. To pay, you are to scan a QR code generated by the system. The first points of sale began to accept WeChat Pay in January – it is available in such stores as Russian Amber in Saint Petersburg. “We are now arranging to make it available in stores which Chinese tourists visit often”, Klyuchnikov said.