Russia Ethereum: The Moscow City Administration is planning to use Ethereum as part of a system to transparently allocate space to markets that are held regularly on weekends in Russia.

The problem with these events is that often there are few places available compared to the total number of farmers who would like to participate.

The places available in the markets are about 2,376, but they must be distributed to a plethora of farmers, from all over the Federation, even Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

The result is a gap of about 5000-6000 spaces, normally allocated through an auction system which, however, may give rise to doubts about the fairness of public authorities.

The idea, therefore, is to use Ethereum‘s transparent and unchangeable blockchain to record farmers’ applications, whether they are approved or not.

Andrey Borodynkov, in charge of blockchain applications for the Moscow municipality, confirmed the possible use case: “Blockchain is an additional guarantee for farmers’ applications and provides a historical basis for control for any future requests“.

The Moscow City Council wants to ensure the complete transparency of the space allocation system and to ensure that this cannot be changed by any untrustworthy officials, as well as being permanent and transparent to all stakeholders.

Moscow City Innovation Consultant Andrey Belozerov hopes that the problems can be easily overcome: “We believe that farmers should have a transparent system to see why their application is declined or approved,” he said in the press release. “Blockchain is to make sure that the process is fully transparent and no one can alter an application. We hope that blockchain will provide full transparency for everyone“.

The Moscow municipality has been hiring developers since 2016, and in 2018 an ad hoc department was created dedicated to blockchain and the development of its applications, headed by Andrey Borodynkov.