Russian payment platform Yandex.Checkout has integrated WeChat Pay into its services, targeting merchants and providing a familiar payment option to Chinese tourists visiting the country.

According to a statement issued by Yandex, the company is one of the first to introduce the payment system to the Russia, which welcomes around 1.5 million Chinese tourists annually.

WeChat Pay has already been implemented by the Russian home appliance and digital electronics retail chain Citilink. Sergey Potopnin, the company’s chief financial officer, said Citilink is interested in testing QR code payments in Russia and that he believes they could spread throughout the country.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.