> From: Dmitry Burkov <dburk(_at_)burkov(_dot_)aha(_dot_)ru>
> I think that it is not a constructive way to discuss this issue
> following some conspiracy theories.
Understood, but at the same time there may be some value to being curious as
to why the Russian authorities have mandated the use of a local standard.
Is it just some sort of 'not invented here', or some other similar cause
(which is, I agree, not very interesting); or is there a desire to use a
different algorithm because there some sort of weakness to the standard
algorithm most countries are using, a weakness which has only been detected
by some entity somewhere in Russia?
Needless to say, if there _is_ such a weakness (and I am not saying there is,
this is a pure hypothetical), we'd all like to know, so we could switch to
something more secure (perhaps the GOST algorithm.. :-).
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