Iran Regime’s Systematic Corruption and Economic Pressure on People

The Iranian regime’s institutionalized and systematic corruption has resulted in more economic pressure on people. Fearing these economic grievances could lead to uprisings on the scale of the November protests, the regime’s officials are warning one another.

The regime’s Parliament (Majlis) session on Wednesday well portrayed the regime’s utter fear of a looming uprising and how the social hatred of the mullahs’ regime has increased the regime’s infightings. The Members of the regime Parliament acknowledged that despite the efforts of the mullahs and their apologists to blame sanctions, it is indeed the regime’s mismanagement, wrong economic policies, and systematic corruption which have created an economic crisis in Iran.

Jalil Rahimi Jahanabadi, a lawmaker from Torbat-e Jam, said: “We could clearly see that the country’s problem is having shadow decision-makers. Ministries are not controlled by ministers but rather by mafias in their entourage. Within the last 100 days that we assumed office (as lawmakers), the price of rice has increased four times, the price of vehicles has increased threefold. The national currency values have decreased by 300 percent. Meanwhile, the villagers’ insurance renewal fee has jumped from 600,000 rials to 7,000,000 rials, what have you done?”

In this regard, in an article on Thursday, the state-run Seday-e Eslahat (the Voice of Reform) wrote: “If the country’s economic situation was operating well, we could have asked people why they do not invest in the production cycle. Yet, the country’s currency value decreases daily, and people are literally witnessing their capital shrinking. Instead of asking people, we should question those holding power that what sort of economy is this that you have created? What have you done with the country’s production? How did you damage the country’s currency value? If people do not protect their belongings, the Iranian [regime’s] unorganized economy will plunder them.”

These statements clearly reveal the origin of high prices. The origins of the unprecedented poverty of the Iranian people are primarily due to the absolute power of the mafia gangs, or as the regime describes them “kings” who control every commodity and seize all the economic affairs of the country. All goods and services are now controlled by the state-affiliated mafia gangs. From steel to sugar, from petrochemicals to automobiles, and from housing to bitumen, these mafias have found astonishing prices.

In a nutshell, the Iranian regime plunders the national wealth to fuel its domestic oppression and warmongering machines. Recently, the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) tested new ballistic missiles during the second day of the final stage of their naval drills in southern Iran. Earlier on May 20, in an interview with the state-run Etemad Online news agency, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, a former Member of Parliament from Kermanshah and ex-member of the Majlis National Security Commission, acknowledged how the mullahs’ regime been wasting national wealth to fund Syrian dictator Bashar-al Assad. “When I went to Syria, some complained that I had caused expenses, but I will say this again: We may have given $20–30 billion to Syria. The money of our people was spent there,” Felahatpisheh said.

Meanwhile, the Iranian people are grappling with poverty and now the coronavirus outbreak.

Systematic corruption

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) had previously exposed the regime’s systematic corruption in seven consecutive articles.

“The IRGC has taken all of Iran’s economic channels hostage. The IRGC’s elements have infiltrated all economic fields and are earning funds and creating jobs for the IRGC. But, when it comes to the infightings, some main officials are replaced at ‘top’, some elements are tried in between, and they begin some huge revelations to the press,” read an NCRI report.

One of these people who were replaced at the top was Akbar Tabari-Pour who had held senior positions in the regime’s judiciary. “According to Tabari’s indictment, along with receiving dozen billion toman direct bribes, he has illegally received a 300 square meter (sqm) plot of land in Karim Khan street in Tehran, a 1,657 sqm forested land in Lavasan, a 108 sqm office-apartment in Qeytarieh, northern Tehran, five land pieces and a villa in Babolsar, northern Iran, three housing units in Farmaniyeh Flora Tower, and three residential apartments in Northern Kamranieh, Tehran,” read the second NCRI report.

The state-run Jahan-e Sanat daily on Wednesday, while quoting Ahmad Tavakoli, a former MP, wrote: “Today we are facing careless officials and corruption in the system.

Inappropriate patterns for running the country are pursued. Conflict of interest is frustrating everyone. Also, the unfair distribution of income is unjust and cruel. The difference between social classes is rampant in society, causing people to be crushed under pressure.”

The outcome

The regime’s institutionalized corruption and plundering of the national wealth for funding terrorism have triggered two major Iran protests in 2018 and 2019 which rattled the regime’s foundations. The possibility of another uprising starting because of the economic and social pressure on people has terrified the entire regime.

To this end, the state-run Ebtekar daily on July 31 wrote: “The current situation cannot be continued. We have been through the warning point for a long time. If the starving people’s movement is fully established, there will be nothing left. This society has reached its boiling point many times, but it has stalled for whatever reason. November [nationwide Iran protests] was just the partial rising of the starving people. If there is no positive and serious change in the current situation, sooner or later, a fire will ignite; a fire that will burn everything.”

Originally published at on September 11, 2020.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store