Blockchain technology is a highly promising concept that fosters security and anonymity. It lies at the core of things like bitcoin. One of the issues with blockchain has been a lack of certain standardization that allows for it to be scalable and universalized. To that end the International Standards Organization has set out to study what an international blockchain standard might look like.
It should, therefore, concern everyone that the Russian FSB, successor to the KGB, is an active participant in the ISO standard setting. The original article is in Russian, but here is the opening of the article in English, according to Google Translate:
In 2016, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has established a special committee to develop a standard technology blokcheyn. It includes a few representatives of Russia, including the FSB Gregory Marshalko, told "Vedomosti" two people familiar with the committee of experts entered into. Members of the committee for the first time going on a full-time appointment in April in Sydney, Australia. Russian delegation of four people led Marshalko, said a member of the ISO committee, deputy chief of the laboratory of "Infotecs" Maxim Shevchenko. Talk about whether Marshalko FSB officer, Shevchenko did not.