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UPDATE 2018/11/07:

Icy made some investigation and found out a bit more about this:

I have been doing some reading in Russian forums and looks like since last summer, Microsoft decided to completely stop selling Russian gift cards and they don't plan to ever bring them back(this was the reply of Xbox support in Russia to one user). The reason for this can be that, even Russians were using gift cards to buy games because it was cheaper this way and the gift cards could be easily found below face value. Another theory is that Russians don't really use them so much to give a gift to someone and they are being used as money-saving exploit instead by foreigners. Someone else stated that Microsoft did this to fight back gift card scams in Russia. Whatever the reason, websites like Nilt which made their main profit off of Russian gift cards, went under because suddenly there was no supply.

Any websites at the moment still selling Russian gift cards, are selling them way over face value and no one is dumb enough to buy them. Russians are already reporting that even in physical stores they are going out of stock and they never return.

Microsoft support also said that the Russian gift cards that are not redeemed will expire eventually and if you have a gift card that can't be redeemed then you will have to speak to the store you bought it from to claim a refund. No one knows for sure if it is true that the Russian gift cards will expire at some point because some users already reported that they tried to redeem theirs and they worked. But one thing is for sure, no more Russian gift cards.

 

You guys may have noticed, that Microsoft already started to change their own games to USD like Forza Horizon 4, Gears 4, Sea of Thieves, ... and also some ID@Xbox and Arcade Games. You should better hurry to spend all your RUB cards while you still can. I did this myself earlier today and it worked. But for how long?


Some may have noticed that the price for some games in Russia is displayed in the range of a few cents. That is of course strange - but that's not my fault ;) Microsoft has - for some reason - changed some games to USD in the Russian store. But since this is only the case for a handful of games and not in general, I don't want to change anything. I'm not sure if this is a mistake or if it will be the same for all games in the future. But why would Russians pay in dollars in their store?

Anyway, I'll wait and see and you shouldn't be surprised.

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