Russia’s Supreme Court Employs Blockchain Technology To Vote Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Russia’s Supreme Court uses blockchain technology to finalize voting decisions.
- Polys, a blockchain based voting platform by Kaspersky Labs, enhances transparency and security in voting systems.
An official statement published on the official website of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the Plenum of the court used Polys blockchain technology, developed by Kaspersky Lab, to vote in light of the current social distancing protocols in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kaspersky- developed Polys blockchain is built on the Ethereum aiming to build completely secure and immutable online voting platforms to enhance transparency and accountability in elections.
The Supreme Court participants used Kaspersky Lab’s Polys blockchain to “make decisions” which were then “deployed on the basis of Softline’s Russian cloud storage.” The successful implementation of the blockchain solution pushed a recommendation on its use in the upcoming meeting in July. The statement reads,
“As a result, this system is recommended for use in the framework of the next plenary meeting of the Council of Judges of the Russian Federation, which will be held in July 2020. The meeting is supposed to include the maximum possible number of representatives of the Russian judicial system.”
Blockchain voting adoption in Russia
Russia is heavily focusing on blockchain voting systems in a bid to improve their elections – both at the state and national level. In 2019, the Moscow’s city parliament, known as Duma, successfully conducted a regional election while in December 2018 another regional election in Saratov Oblast, with over 40,000 participants, was conducted on a blockchain platform.