The Billion dollar ICO, TON in its latest document has banned the people, their relatives, and territories that are sanctioned by the US, UK, EU, and UN from buying the closed sale rounds of its Gram token.
US, UK, EU & UN sanctioned nations & individuals not welcome
The ICO of Telegram Open Network is not open to all. According to the reports of the RBC, a Russian business journal, TON doesn’t allow the individuals on the international sanctions list of the US, UK, EU and United Nations Security Council to participate in the close rounds of this ICO.
The official document of Telegram group investor agreement extends this ban to the spouses, siblings, children and close relatives of these sanctioned people. The restriction furthermore covers the residents of the territories that are under the sanction including Cuba, Iran, Crimea, Syria and North Korea.
As per RBC, the content of the contract has been confirmed by an unnamed top manager of a venture fund who was considering taking part in it and one of the Russian participants of the ICO.
The Russian source further states that all the potential investors of TON ICO will have to go through the mandatory KYC procedure to ensure non-involvement of the clients in criminal activities.
In addition, the standard agreement between an investor and the Telegram Group notes that the token buyer won’t be using the Gram tokens for money laundering, terror financing or in violation of the sanctions. The document explains the risk involved in the illicit use of Gram token but nothing on if the company itself will be tracking the suspicious transactions:
“Any illegal use of the Gram cryptocurrency by unscrupulous participants may violate the normative acts adopted in the UK, the US and other countries aimed at combating the financing of terrorism and money laundering. This can seriously affect the global reputation of TON Blockchain.”
Following the course of multi-billion dollar telegram open network ICO
By raising $850 million in its pre-sale, TON ICO has been considered to become the biggest ICO ever. It has been reported to raise about $1.6 billion in its presale and the secretive second presale before even going to its public phase.
In January, the plans of Telegram to launch its own blockchain platform called TON i.e. Telegram Open Network and a native cryptocurrency known as Gram was first revealed. The idea was reported to raise about $1.2 billion to create a blockchain-based payment platform by building a virtual economy within its widely used Telegram app.
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