Elections for the Moscow City Duma could soon involve blockchain technology, according to a recent article from Russian news agency Tass. United Russia deputy Dmitry Vyatkin announced earlier this week that he co-authored a bill that would allow for the use of a blockchain voting platform that Muscovites could access through the mos.ru portal.
Russian officials have expressed interest in blockchain-based voting since the height of the cryptocurrency boom in 2017. The proposed blockchain platform that this bill would authorize is reportedly designed to be compatible with the existing voting system and would separately store every vote and voters’ information.
According to Vyatkin, separating storage for voter identity and individual votes would help to ensure anonymous voting and prevent what he called “dirty election technologies.” He also said that the goal is to have the proposal adopted in advance of the announcement of the Duma election date and noted that other laws would need to be addressed to properly regulate the new process.
"This is an experiment, this is for Moscow. And that is why [it is] a separate bill."