WikiIran discovered a number of key documents that reveal the Quds Force’s methods and partners in achieving its goals. Wikiran, a leak site about Iran, received and analyzed documents leaked from the servers of the Turkish company ASB.
The documents reveal how the IRGC’s Quds Force works with Turkish, Russian, Chinese and Lebanese officials to circumvent sanctions on the sale of Iranian oil and receive the payments.
WikiIran discovered a number of key documents that reveal the Quds Force’s methods and partners in achieving its goals. Some of these entities, such as the Turkish bank “Vakif”, played key roles in the sale of oil for the Quds Force.
The international bodies exposed include: the Turkish bank “Vakif Katilis”. The Russian company “RPP L.L.C.”. Russian bank “PromsvyazBank”. The Chinese company “The China Haokun Energy Co., LTD”.
The Chinese company “Fujie Petrochemical (Zhoushan) Co., LTD”. The Lebanese company “Conceptoscreen” is a company called “Simong Trade Co., LTD”. A company called “Victoria Holding, LTD”. A company called “CGN Trade FZE” and the company “Rain Trade”.
One of these documents is a contract for the sale of crude oil, signed between Baslam, a subsidiary of ASB, and a Chinese company called “The China Haokun Energy Co., LTD”. Haokun has been under sanctions imposed by the US Treasury Department since May 25, 2022, due to the extensive purchase of Iranian oil by the Quds Force.
In one invoice issued on February 5, 2021 by Baslam and addressed to Haokun, the latter is requested to pay an amount of 9.096 million dollars to Baslam’s bank account in the Turkish bank “Vakif Katilis”.
One of the leaked documents shows Azim Mozavi as Baslam’s representative responsible for payments related to one of the contracts. Mozavi is an officer in the Revolutionary Guards, who has been sanctioned by the US Treasury Department since May 25, 2022, due to his role in the Revolutionary Guards’ international oil sales.
The IRGC’s Quds Force worked with Russian and Chinese companies to circumvent sanctions on the sale of Iranian oil and receive the payments. Several other documents leaked from the same source deal with the direct transfer of funds from Victoria Holding’s bank account in the Russian bank “PromsvyazBank” to Baslam’s account in the Turkish bank “Vakif Katilim”.
Some of the documents include details of direct bank transfers from the CGN account at the Russian bank “PromsvyazBank” to Baslam’s account at the Turkish bank “Vakif Katilim”. These bank transfers were made through the German bank “CommerzBank AG”.
It is worth remembering that Iran’s specialization in evading sanctions is not new. Iran has been doing this for years and to the tune of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars a year. These energy product export funds are a main source of foreign exchange for the regime in Tehran.
January 4, 2022 Published by The Israel Defense News.