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Is Poverty in Iran the Result of Sanctions or Plundering?


The living and economic situation of the Iranian people is so bad that these days it has become the talk of the town in the state media and among government figures and experts.

But when it comes to the causes of this issue, at least within the country’s executive system, the root of the problem is sought outside the system, and specifically the global and US sanctions. Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani has said many times that whatever you shout, shout on the White House.

What is the reality and how much of the problems of the Iranian people are due to sanctions? If there were no sanctions, would the Iranian people not have economic problems? Before these sanctions, where the Iranian people living in luxury?

The issue of the sanctions plan has become so controversial that government officials have repeatedly admitted that the main problem is internal and resulting from looting, because theft and looting is a special feature of the entire clerical system.

In the current situation, that the infightings have escalated before the presidential election, its internal factions expose each other’s thefts every day and shed crocodile tears for the people.

An example of this is a statement by the Speaker of the Parliament, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, who himself is one of the richest and corrupt people in Iran.

In a dispute with Hassan Rouhani, he admitted to blatant theft from the annual budget and said: “Our budget structure is flawed. You see, this year the budget structure is as we have made a record in the budget bill, which means that the gap between the increase in revenues is 46 percent, i.e., the costs, and the revenues are 10 percent, that means that there is a gap of 36 percent.” (State TV Channel 5, January 24, 2021)

Qalibaf sheds crocodile tears for the people in a situation where one of his deputies named Issa Sharifi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison these days, but why?

The state-run website Khabar Fori on January 24 wrote: “Issa Sharifi court verdict was issued. The verdict to investigate the financial violations of Issa Sharifi, the deputy of Qalibaf in Tehran Municipality, based on the rejection of property worth 480 billion Tomans and 20 years of imprisonment has been finalized.”

He stole 5 trillion Tomans, but returned only 480 billion Tomans, which means that less than 10 percent of what he stole was taken back from him.

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90 percent of the looted money remains in the hands of this thief, let alone that 10 percent is moved from one thief to another in this government.

Issa Sharifi has been Qalibaf’s deputy for 16 years and has been a senior IRGC Air Force commander for many years. The 5 trillion Tomans that he has stolen is equal to the salaries of 2.5 million workers who receive a monthly salary of 2 million Tomans, or it is equal to a one-year subsidy for all 9.26 million people receiving subsidies in Iran.

But really, how much of the misery of the Iranian people is due to the theft and taking of people’s property by the clerical government, and if we add up these thefts, how much of the economic problems that the people are facing would be solved?

Is it true that 70 percent of economic problems are caused by so-called mismanagement? And if it is real, what is the percentage of it being real?

It is clear that these questions remain unanswered in this regime, but the reality is that the cause of all the economic problems of the people is due to the plundering and the looting of the wealth of the Iranian people.

The issue of mismanagement, which is raised in the factional feuding, is to deprive the integrity of the government from this guilt.

When it comes to the regime’s economic, social, security and other activities, the use of terms such as mismanagement and misconduct reduces the burden of the predatory and criminal actions of the regime’s leaders.

In order to get a small picture of the looting of people’s property by the leaders and members of this system, it is necessary to point out some of the embezzlements and thefts that have been revealed so far.

What has been revealed in the media about these embezzlements so far, sum of these embezzlements since 1993 is an amount of $30.167 billion. But this is not the entire sum and the real number is far more.

Akbar Turkan, a former deputy oil minister, admitted that when oil prices rose, the ninth and tenth governments’ oil revenues reached $531 billion. The media admitted that in 2018 alone, Rouhani sold more than $40 billion in oil. None of this money was spent on the people.

The exact amount of $30.167 billion mentioned is as follows:

  • Embezzlement of 123 billion Tomans by Mohsen Rafiqdoost.
  • Corruption of 3 trillion Tomans by the Minister of Labor of Ahmadinejad’s government and members of parliament.
  • More than 3.25 trillion Tomans of embezzlement and financial corruption of former prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi.
  • Corruption of Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Ahmadinejad’s first deputy.
  • Corruption of 18 trillion Tomans by Babak Zanjani and some of Ahmadinejad’s ministers, whose corruption was also directed at Khamenei’s office.
  • The 8 trillion Toman financial corruption of the Martyr Foundation, as the members of the parliament said about this disgrace, that we cannot raise our heads that so much embezzlement has taken place in the Martyr Foundation.
  • The disappearance of oil rig and the role of the son of Ataullah Mohajerani, former Minister of Culture and Guidance.
  • Embezzlement of 8 trillion Tomans in the Cultural Reserve Fund and the case of the 23 billion Tomans of astronomical loans.
  • Astronomical properties worth 2.2 trillion Tomans.
  • Embezzlement of 100 billion Tomans in the Ministry of Oil of the Rouhani government.
  • Corruption of the Revolutionary Guards and its cover company in concluding contracts of Tehran Municipality in the amount of 52.11 trillion Tomans during the Qalibaf era.
  • Corruption of one trillion Tomans of the Ministry of Industry of Rouhani’s government.

The above-mentioned thefts do not include institutions affiliated with Khamenei’s house, including the Revolutionary Guards. The Revolutionary Guards, through the Khatam al-Anbiya base, has all the important economic projects in the country, and in this regard, it plunders a lot of property from the resources of the Iranian people.

A small example of the corruption of the Revolutionary Guards is its role in the contract of 52.110 trillion Tomans of the municipality in Tehran.

So, in fact, the main cause of the people’s livelihood and economic crises is the government, and if the sighs and groans of the government and its leaders are loud about the sanctions, it is precisely because of the impact of the sanctions on the institutions and foundations, especially those affiliated with Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards.

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