Russia Pilots Federal Voting on Waves Blockchain

Russia is set to pilot a national blockchain-based e-voting system in September. The new system was developed in partnership between Rostelecom, Russia’s largest integrated provider, and Waves Enterprise.

Another recent blockchain e-voting experiment in Russia ended in fiasco after the system suffered a number of setbacks and attacks. The Russian government used a different blockchain provider, Bitfury, for that particular implementation, however. Artem Kalikhov, chief product officer of Waves Enterprise, told Cointelegraph that their work with Rostelecom was independent of that previous pilot. Kalikov said that the system developed by Waves employes zero-knowledge proofs and many other advanced cryptographic primitives and does not have a single point of failure.

The first run of the new system will happen for the State Duma, which is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, elections on 13 September 2020 on United Voting Day in the Kurskaya and Yaroslavskaya areas. Approximately 600,000 voters can participate in this e-voting.

According to Kalikov, the company is currently focused on scaling the system to tens of millions of users; it currently handles about 1/10th of that amount.


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