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Moscow Government to tap Blockchain for E-Voting

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City Council of Moscow has submitted a bill to use distributed ledger technology for electronic voting system. Leading Russian news agency Tass reported this on Tuesday, February. 26.

A local parliament of the Russian Capital city , Moscow City Duma has laid plans to preserve and safeguard election results in the upcoming election with blockchain. Dmitry Vyatkin, deputy of the ruling party United Russia announced this news.

Vyatkin believes that it will help avoid electoral frauds. He further emphasised that blockchain will facilitate separate storage of voting results and personal data of voters. He said,

“It will be impossible to connect them. This is exactly how blockchain technology works.” 

On December 18th, Russia conducted a regional election via the blockchain-based electronic polling system. More than 40, 000 participants in Saratov recorded their votes. The voting system named Polys has been developed by Kaspersky Lab in 2017.

Last month, the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center of Thailand announced that it will build an electronic voting system backed by blockchain technology. 

Russia’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Pursuits

Earlier this month, Russian shipping logistics company Infotech Baltika announced that it will develop a blockchain-based system for 14 ports it operates in, including St. Petersburg.

Also, the Russian Ministry of Transport is planning to trial blockchain shipping solution TradeLens developed by IBM and Maersk as reported by Russian financial media Kommersant.

As per  the document, the Ministry of Transport will sign a memorandum of understanding with Maersk. The memorandum will be signed to launch a pilot of TradeLens in Russia’s second largest port, the Big port of St. Petersburg.

TradeLens is expected to reduce paperwork by deploying  smart contracts and connecting supply chain participants. These include collaboration of traders, transport companies and shippers via a decentralized network. As a matter of fact, blockchain tech can cut over 10 billion roubles ($152 million) in operational costs.

Although, the trial  is yet unconfirmed the pilot is said to be conducted in Q3 of 2019. Also , Federal customs service of Russia will be involved in the testing and research with TradeLens.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has given its’ nod for the trial. Also, it has recommended  that use cases be tested for safeguarding information and also maintain autonomy of the Russian Sector. The FSB also emphasised on the need to debate on  the competency  of Russian entreprise,  to participate in international projects as US sanctions continue to be imposed.