Moscow digital travel pass system filled with technical flaws
Moscow's first attempts to introduce digital methods by which residents could obtain digital passes to move around the city failed as the website collapsed numerous times and the app required them to get a pass for every single move rather than only to drive a car, as the government has stated. City authorities blamed DDoS attackers for the website problems and Muscovites' stupidity for the app issues and similar difficulties with SMS messages. There was also confusion over whether certain categories of citizens - journalists, lawyers, judges - were exempt and the risk that they might be fined every time they passed a camera. Soon afterwards, passes became a requirement and long lines formed everywhere while police manually checked their passes.
Writer: Andrei Soldatov
Publication: The Moscow Times