MEK Iran: The IRGC is to Blame for Iran’s Collapsing Economy
Corruption and mafia ties inside Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have an intriguing past. This organization now has practically complete control of the Iranian economy. Following the devastation of the Iran-Iraq war, the dictatorship handed over the country’s economy to the IRGC in order to defend its survival, just as it was losing legitimacy towards the end of the eight-year conflict.
Since then, the IRGC has continued to operate as an economic institution alongside its primary role as the regime’s guardian and the primary force for domestic repression. Every day, new scandals regarding the corruption of this organization are released to the public, exposing the root cause of all people’s misery and the country’s economic collapse.
On February 10, RadioFreeEurope published an article exposing the IRGC’s astronomical corruption: “Radio Farda has obtained an audio file of about 50 minutes, most of which was a secret meeting and conversation between Mohammad Ali (Aziz) Jafari, the then Commander-in-Chief of the Revolutionary Guards, and Sadegh (Mirza Hassan) Zolghadrnia, the Former Economy and Construction Deputy of the Revolutionary Guards in 2018, regarding the corruption of the forces related to the IRGC Quds Force, the IRGC Cooperative Foundation and the Tehran Municipality.” When confronted with criticism regarding their crimes and corruption, the regime’s initial reaction is usually public denial. Their officials and state media, on the other hand, have been ready to take the stage and express their displeasure with the current leak, which has revealed the weaknesses in the regime’s security that have led to this information being public knowledge.
According to the Fars news agency on February 14, Ramezan Sharif the spokesperson to the IRGC said: “For the past five years, the IRGC supervisory apparatuses have been suspected of mismanagement and misconduct in one of the companies affiliated with the IRGC Cooperative Foundation, according to their current methods and continuous surveillance. After a thorough and professional investigation, the case was referred to the courts, and the judiciary, in cooperation with the IRGC, issued verdicts against the offenders, who are currently serving their sentences.”
“This incident once again demonstrated that the enemy could not tolerate the high-ranking martyr Commander Haj Qassem Soleimani, and the theory that the enemy fears the martyr Qassem Soleimani more than (the living) Qassem Soleimani has been proven as an undeniable fact,” he said of Qassem Soleimani, the eliminated mastermind of the regime’s Quds Force terror organization.
“The fact that some people inside the country are using this audio file to attack the speaker of the parliament is, willingly or unwillingly, propagandizing against the system and completing the puzzle of the enemies against the IRGC,” said Mojtaba Tavangar, a member of the Economic Commission of the regime’s Parliament, whose speech was quoted by the parliament’s news agency ICANA on February 13.
On February 13, the state-run website Nameh News cited a speech made by Mansour Haghighatpour, a member of the regime’s principlist faction, that showed major disagreements at the regime’s heart. “With the release of the audio file, they have chosen to damage (Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher) Ghalibaf in order to get rid of him and synchronize the three branches,” the quote continued. Why did they share this audio file after four years if it was dated 2018?”
Finally, Mohammad-Ali Abtahi, a former regime Vice President, warned on his Telegram Channel on February 13 about the social consequences of such revelations: “The figures, which are easily expressed in the recent audio file by high-ranking officials, remind people of all the budget cuts they hear in response to their demands.” Each of these files, if not greeted with a reasonable answer, would be a terrible jolt that may rip apart the remaining strands of shaky public trust in the government.”
“Ignorance has a slow but significant impact on public opinion,” he continued. The most crucial point is that the grandeur of the security apparatuses will be damaged with all these hacks and leaks?”
September 2021—In this program, we want to take a deeper look at the IRGC in Iran’s regime. However, covering all of the IRGC’s functions and crimes in one program is no easy task, meaning we will run out of time.