Prime Minister of Russia Calls to Use Blockchain in Russian Economy

Mar 07, 2017 at 12:24 // News
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Nina Lyon

Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia, who is also an ex-president of the Russian Federation, instructed authorities to adopt Blockchain technology in the Russian economy.

At the meeting with vice premieres on March 6, Dmitry Medvedev officially requested ministries to find opportunities to use the advantages of Blockchain technology in public administration.

He stated in his opening speech:

"I ask to consider the possibility of using Blockchain technology in the system of public administration and the economy of the Russian Federation".

According to the Prime Minister, it is necessary to understand the way this technology can match with the Russian system of government and economy, as well as whether it can help to get rid of unnecessary bureaucratization in business.

According to a report from Bits.media, the Government's comprehensive plan of action for the period until 2025 includes the development of a smart economy and, in particular, the introduction of various digital technologies, including Blockchain.

Dmitry Medvedev instructed ministries and interested federal executive bodies to prepare the draft of the "Digital Economy" program. He said:

"Since there is no centralized storage of information and it is separated into blocks, it is impossible to rewrite existing information without being noticed. Therefore, it is believed that it can help to get rid of unnecessary bureaucratization of business. I gave instructions to the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Economic Development to consider the possibility of using these technologies in preparing the program "Digital Economy”. 

Dmitry Medvedev stressed that Blockchain technology is already used by major banks and corporations. He called Blockchain "a special technology". He also reminded that it excludes the presence of intermediaries while the authenticity of the transactions is confirmed by the network participants themselves.

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