Russian City Of Nizhny Novgorod Trials Blockchain Application For Public Administration

Blockchain, News | May 30, 2019 By:

Nizhny Novgorod, a large city on the Volga River in western Russia, is trialing a blockchain application for public administration task.

ForkLog reported that the Nizhny Novgorod city government partnered with bockchain platform Vostok to test “City N,” a blockchain application running on Vostok’s platform. The application reportedly enables residents to “distribute their own taxes between the categories of budget expenditures.” The application will be integrated with online public services portal Gosuslugi to allow users to track expenditures residents have paid to the states budget.

“Thanks to new technologies, residents will be more actively involved in managing their city through proactive, so-called “participatory” budgeting,” said Gleb Nikitin, Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region. “The blockchain technology will allow us to ensure maximum transparency and honesty in relations between a person and the state. This is an opportunity to build equal relations, when a citizen sees his contribution to the overall development, and he has the opportunity to ask more strictly from the state. We hope that our experience will be positively perceived in other regions as well.”

The blockchain system is expected to be launched as a pilot during the formation of the budget for 2020. The National Center for Informatization of Rostec State Corporation will reportedly oversee the implementation of the system in other Russian regions.