For the average Iranian, the corruption of the regime is evident in all areas of life. Currently, the latest currency scheme has a secondary market rate based on the sales of petrochemicals. According to reports, that secondary market is ripe for plunder by members of the Iranian government. In fact, they have been able to make the equivalent of 9 months of Iranian subsidies just from the petrochemical market.
New currency plan brings old problems
According to the new currency plan laid out by the regime on the same day that the first round of U.S. sanctions took effect in August, the importing of 20 essential products must be done at the rate of 4200 Toman. All other imported products must be imported at the rate of the Secondary Market, which is where the petrochemicals come into play.
An expert from the regime noted that the petrochemical companies are able to buy their goods from the government at a discounted rate and then sell their currency back to the government for an inflated rate, thus plundering the Iranian economy.
Meanwhile, they avoid paying taxes and are not transparent about their financial dealings, while taking advantage of government-based facilities, information, and budgets. Part of the reason is because these companies are half-government, half-private, and thus accountable to no one.
With these levels of corruption, the average Iranian is struggling to provide for their families, which has brought about another national disaster.
Suicide rates continue to climb
Throughout all levels of Iranian society, the suicide levels continue to rise. Even the government numbers on suicide seem to downplay the problem, although they do acknowledge a rise.
“The only source of the reported suicides is our Medical Jurisprudences, which is often unreliable; because they worry that by reporting the actual numbers of suicide, not just the social outlook but also the insurance-related services will be impacted. Therefore, the actual numbers of suicide must be at least 3 times more than the reported figures,” said an article in ISNA that was published in August.
Despite the fact that the country is rich in natural energy resources, many young people are struggling with poverty. Protests regarding unpaid wages are happening in all industries throughout the country. There are also reports that seem to indicate that the trend toward suicide is not limited to adults, but that children are also suffering from the effects of sadness and despair rippling through the country.
As the regime looks to remain in power, it seems that the increasing levels of corruption are driving the Iranian people to call for other solutions, ones that can address their economic and mental health needs.