According to cryptonews a journalist claimed that Russia’s new blockchain-powered voting systems could be exploited by unprincipled politicians and becoming tools for the architects of rigged elections and voter fraud.
This claim is supported by Sergei Golubitsky, who is an IT journalist and a long-time contributor to the liberal-leaning Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
Golubitsky said that Russian blockchain-powered voting, (which is already rolled out in recent by-elections, at the national level in testbed zone for a referendum on constitutional reform and previously by the Moscow city authorities), is basically flawed.
According to Golubitsky, all iterations of blockchain voting so far used in the Russian political process are more like standard corporate distributed networks than true blockchain networks, owing to the fact that they are not decentralized in nature and are hosted on government-servers.
Also, a number of reports have claimed that the blockchain voting processes already used have been riddled with deadly issues.
The journalist wrote that the Russian state feared completely losing control over the election results, in a system that allowed powermongers to govern without democratic traditions.
He added: “Soon we will see pseudo-blockchain voting in Russia everywhere because, as far as I know, this adaptation trend has already been taken up by the powerful elite.”
Nevertheless, he believes that all of the technologies will be used in the future, whether we like them or not:
“All technologies, however, have one remarkable property: If they provide objectively better results, sooner or later they will be used, regardless of whether we like them or not.”
Despite Golubitsky’s opinion, it seems that Russia plans to launch more blockchain-based voting systems in the near future.