Moscow metro - swipe your card at the turnstile

I was highly amused to read last night that the Moscow metro, the Russkie equivalent of the London Underground, has announced plans to extend its turnstile pilot project for credit and debit cards.

Russia, in case you didn't know, is one of the world's hotspots for card fraud - many card issuers in the UK are so cheesed off with the country that they require telephone authorisation on pretty well all transactions from the country.

Anyway, according to the Moscow metro, after a successful trial involving Bank of Moscow Visa cards, almost any Visa card will shortly be accepted at the subway turnstiles.

According to a metro spokesperson, the Moscow travel authority thinks that the card acceptance system will make travelling on the metro a lot easier and avoid the long lines at the ticket desks.

True, but the fraud potential is massive...