In a May 7 publication, Telegram founder Pavel Durov calls the United States a „police state“ and discourages entrepreneurs from moving their businesses to Silicon Valley.
Perhaps exhausted by the legal battles surrounding Telegram’s beleaguered token, Durov berated the U.S. in his latest post „7 Reasons Not to Move to [Silicon] Valley. In the post, he criticizes it as a place to do business and a place to live. The post was only announced on Durov’s Russian Telegram channel and is published in Russian.
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The number one reason, in Durov’s opinion, is that the United States is a police state. He bases this conclusion on the fact that the U.S. has the largest number of people in Bitcoin Circuit Software, Ethereum Code Software, Bitcoin Machine Software, Immediate Edge Software, Cryptosoft Software prison in the world. He also mentions that in 2016, during their trip to San Francisco, the Telegram team was pressured by the FBI.
Durov goes on to list a number of other factors that, in his opinion, make life in the US unattractive: a poor health system, lack of cultural life, mediocre school education, high taxes, high software development costs and a mediocre market outlook for the 21st century.
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His latest advice to Eastern European entrepreneurs is to look at other alternatives. According to Durov:
„Today, India, not the US, has the largest open internet market in the world.“
This diatribe comes on the same day that the Free TON Community launched its blockchain. Supposedly, neither Telegram nor Durov are involved in the project. It also comes weeks after the announcement that Russia might lift its three-year ban on Telegram.