‘The state has no right’ Russian state servers are hosting a third-party system that monitors voter turnout
The system uses the website Votely.ru. Formally, it was developed by an IT specialist from Rybinsk named Ivan Petrov and not by government agencies. As it turns out, however, the system is running on servers owned by state agencies in several regions across Russia, including in Chuvashia, the Komi Republic, Bashkortostan, the Krasnodar territory, and the Tambov region.
This week saw voting in a Russian referendum that could keep Vladimir Putin in power until 2036. Part of the legitimacy of the vote is of course based on turnout, though here Meduza digs into a system for monitoring participation between the government and major enterprises that may violate data laws.