Elections have two major goals:
- Select a new ruler
- Confirm the majority of people supports the new ruler
That’s why even in this case, with 80% popular support, the elections are still important. They provide the legitimacy. And that’s why the efforts of opposition now are aimed at reducing the turnout.
Signing each vote digitally is a strong way to prove both the choice and legitimacy. Again, I’m not sure why blockchain, but I guess it is either decentralization which allows to sign the votes regionally, or the cool factor making for a free PR that helps to promote the project and opens doors.
Putin met with Etherium founder some time ago; everyone thought it was about making a crypto-ruble, but now it is clear it was about election “contracts” in Etherium environment.
Don’t look for a malice where there is a plan stupidity.
I do understand the need for a challenge for government, and I cringe in pain when I see what the opposition does. What a bunch of amateurs!
They were making one blunder after another over the last 15 years. Some was making a show of running to USA embassy to get the support - and created an image of lap dogs in progress. Who made them do it, Putin? No, their own lack of understanding of public views. Another one was asking for money from Japanese in exchange for favorable review of the territorial dispute. Who made him do it? His own greed and lack of principles. Third one - just now - started his campaign by lying about his offshore accounts, and got caught. Putin made him do that? No, his own green and stupidity.
With the current level of popular support, any aspiring politic would be a total fool to stick with the bottom feeders and not join Putin’s camp instead. So whoever will replace him, I expect to arrive from his own ranks.