Vahid Vatani: The Phenomenon of Economic Corruption in the League

Saeed Aganji
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Vahid Vatani: The Phenomenon of Economic Corruption in the League

Vahid Vatani, the phenomenon of economic corruption league

Vahid Vatani, the son of Mohammad Ali Vatani, is one of the senior officials of the Office of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic. Through his connections with the commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards, he was able to pocket significant profits from the sale of oil abroad and also had control over the Office of the Commander-in-Chief during this period due to his close relationship with Aziz Jafari.

Creating connections with the foreign system of the Ministry of Intelligence to transfer blocked Iranian currencies, engage in oil smuggling, and bypass sanctions are other signs of his infiltration and intrusion into the military security system.

Having special relationships with the Leader’s Office through his father, Mohammad Ali Vatani, who has been an economic advisor in the Office, and being the closest person to Mohammad Javad Iravani and Ali Aghamohammadi. This connection has been passed down from father to son as an inheritance. Additionally, by establishing a special connection with Mohammad Golpayegani, the son-in-law of the Chief of the Leader’s Office, who is also the son-in-law of Mohammad Javad Iravani, he has further consolidated his position.

It is important to note that there is a close friendship between the first deputy of the government and a certain individual who holds influence in the economic sector. This individual has special family ties with Saeed Khajesteh, who is a relative of the leader through marriage and currently holds a prominent position in the central bank.

Wahid Vatani, also known as the spiritual father of economic managers or the godfather of economic managers, was well-known for his connections. Even after his passing, these relationships have been maintained and even strengthened, as evidenced by the removal and appointment of senior banking, currency, and petrochemical officials. The impact of this influence, supported by the house and the security system, is clearly evident.

Additionally, this privileged individual has a friendship and camaraderie with Mohammad Shariatmadari, who is a member of the executive committee of the Imam’s Execution Headquarters and a influential figure in the country’s security and economic systems and reforms.

An important joke about the influence and connections mentioned in the previous government through Assadollah Vatani, the brother-in-law of Hassan Rouhani, and Hossein Fereydoun, Rouhani’s brother. These companies, including Samin Exchange at Charrah Andarzgoo, which is known as the government exchange, Sepah, and Beit, enjoyed special privileges and access to foreign currency resources resulting from the sale of oil. Additionally, although he is the behind-the-scenes figure of numerous trust companies abroad, he has not left any trace of himself and manages his economic cartel areas, particularly the currency sector, in a mafia-like manner.

Commander Rahimi, the head of economic police, is a special supporter of Vatani and provides him with security protection. Vahid Vatani, on the other hand, has a personal bodyguard provided by the police for the protection of personalities, without holding any official position that would make him eligible for such protection. Nevertheless, like other corrupt elites in Europe, he travels without any concern for his illegal activities in his economic ventures.


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Saeed Aganji is a journalist and researcher specializing in Iranian affairs. He has served as the editor-in-chief of the student journal "Saba" and was a member of the editorial board of the newspaper "Tahlil Rooz" in Shiraz, which had its license revoked in 2009.