On Monday, the Tehran Times reported that the Iranian government has taken further steps against cryptocurrency from the popular messenger Telegram.
Secretary of the Criminal Content Definition Task Force Javad Javidnia said that any cooperation with the Telegram, which is going to release its own crypto currency called Gram, will be considered a threat to national security and a violation of the national economy.
"One of the most important factors of prohibition Telegram was feeling serious economic threats in connection with his activities, which, unfortunately, had been marginalized and ignored because of the commotion in the political atmosphere of the country."
In December 2017 Iran temporarily blocked Telegram and Instagram in order to "maintain peace" during the mass protests, and in April 2018 for the first time imposed a complete ban on the use of messenger. Then the second Highest leader of the country Ali Khamenei said that government agencies will no longer use this app. After that an Iranian court had banned the use of Telegram in the country.
Prior to the ban, Iranian officials criticized the app and his ICO, stating that the activity "threatens national currency of Iran." Hassan Firouzabadi, the secretary of the High Council of Cyberspace approved the suggested ban due to Telegram’s potential for bringing cryptocurrency to all of its Iranian users. According to Firouzabadi, Telegram is "the enemy of the private sector," because "the Telegram refused to open its own representative office in Iran and cooperate with the private sector."
Telegram is also under the ban in Russia. According to the Russian government, his ICO may contribute to the formation of "totally out of control financial system".
In the beginning of 2018 Telegram raised approximately $ 1.7 billion in two rounds of funding. Owners of the app attracted investment to support the development of both the Telegram and blockchain platform Telegraph Open Network.
According to rumors, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took part in the first round ICO. According to Russian media reports, Abramovich has invested $ 300 million. Jon Mann, Abramovich’s spokesperson, made no comment as to whether Abramovich took part, but denied the $300 million claim.