Russia’s capital, Moscow, is looking for blockchain experts who can build an Ethereum-based system for handling some of the city’s administration services.

According to a report by Coindesk’s Anna Baydakova, Russian news outlet “Open Media” said on Wednesday (August 14) that Moscow’s Department of Information Technologies has “announced an auction to build an ethereum-based system that will host the electronic services now offered to Muscovites.”

The system, which will have a Proof of Authority (PoA) consensus mechanism, will allow a maximum of 1.5 million simultaneous users. The budget for building this system, which is estimated to require 60 days, is 57 million rubles (roughly, $860,000).

Examples of services to be handled on the new platform are “issuance of documents relating to property owners and residents, and allocation of slots at the city’s farmers markets.” 

The City’s IT department says that the main aim of this project is “to increase public confidence in Moscow’s electronic services by boosting transparency using blockchain.”

This new platform will also support integration with “other blockchain experiments currently undertaken by the Moscow city government, including a voting platform dubbed Active Citizen that lets Moscow residents express preferences on matters such as locations for new bike paths and street decoration, or rating city events.”

Moscow is also planning to use blockchain technology this autumn to allow, for the first time, electronic voting in three districts in the election of deputies to the Moscow City Duma on September 8. 

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