Visa celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 1st Visa card issued in Russia with a select group of esteemed clients at the Neskuchny Sad restaurant in Moscow on December 11th, 2013.

This was an important milestone for the Visa organization and it was highly symbolic that Visa, in the run-up to Sochi 2014, celebrated the first Visa cards issued in Russia were to Soviet athletes for the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. Visa chose an Olympic style for this festive evening and guests had the opportunity to take pictures with the Olympic Mascots and hold a real Olympic torch. Olympic champion and skating legend Alexei Yagudin organized the event.  Visa CEO Charles W. Scharf attended and was well pleased with the casual setting. The event concept has realized by Hypsos Moscow and implemented in every detail to the great satisfaction of Visa and its guests.