Another SPND front company revealed: Ervin Parto Caspian


Islamic Azad University falls deeper down the SPND rabbit hole

We've got some more bad news about Iran's oldest and most prestigious private university, Islamic Azad University's Central Tehran Branch (دانشگاه آزاد واحد تهران مرکزی). Not only has IAU previously signed an expansive memorandum of cooperation with Iran's shady nuclear research outfit SPND (سپند), as we revealed in two recent posts, we've also learned that IAU hired a notorious SPND member into one of the university's most senior staff positions. 

On 3 May 2019, according to an IAU press release, the university recruited Engineer Javad Al-Yasin (جواد آل یاسین) to head IAU's Velayat University Complex (مجتمع دانشگاهی ولایت), a cornerstone facility of the IAU's central Tehran campus.
Here's what they left out in the press release: Javad Al-Yasin is SPND to the gills. In 2009, he was outed by an Iranian dissident group as the head of something called the Research Center for Explosion and Impact or METFAZ (مرکز تحقیقات فناوری انفجار و ضربه), a predecess…

The giant steel balls of Saeed Borji

Are you struggling to find the smoothest, most perfectly spherical balls? Iran Redline feels your pain! And apparently so too does SPND (سپند) - the hapless Iranian defense research organization with a penchant for nuclear weapons - because SPND's latest business venture involves solving exactly this problem. 

In today's post, we're revealing the SPND front company that is leading a rather ludicrous commercial effort to deliver the best giant balls in all of Iran. The company is run by two notorious SPND old-timers - mechanical engineer Saeed Borji (دکتر سعید برجی, national ID 1816934984) and metallurgist Mohammad Reza Heydari (aka Mohammadreza Heidari, or مهندس محمدرضا حیدی, national ID 4489244029).
It's not hard to tell which of these guys is the bigger fish in the SPoND, as Dr Saeed Borji has tastefully named the company after himself: say hello to the Azar Afrouz Saeed Engineering Company! In Farsi, they're known as شرکت فنی مهندسی آذر افروز سعید. We'll call…

Why has SPND's annual budget quadrupled?

Iran Redline usually avoids anything to do with accounting, and is very happy that our shoestring budget pretty much takes care of itself.

But when we realized that Iran's national budget contained a specific line item for SPND (سپند) - the notorious defense research organization that houses expertise and technology from Iran's former nuclear weapons program - we just had to take a closer look. Even if that involved a bit of accounting.
It turns out that SPND is well-funded by the Iranian state - much more so that we had imagined - and that SPND's budget has skyrocketed over the past four years. In today's post, we can reveal just how much Tehran gives SPND to carry out its nefarious activities: almost USD $21 million per year.
But back to the numbers in a minute. Here's how we know just how much SPND is getting paid.

Budgets - boring but important
Every year in about December, Iran's President submits a budget bill for the forthcoming year to the country's pa…

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in HD

We can't believe our luck today here at Iran Redline. The world's most elusive entity has been caught on camera!
No, not the giant squid filmed in the Gulf of Mexico, although that's quite good too.
Rather, we've found video footage of Iran's most notorious individual: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (محسن فخری زاده or محسن فخری زاده مهابادی), head of Iran's pre-2003 nuclear weapons program, and the man most likely to lead any resumption of such work should Iran make good on its former threats to leave the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Today, we're pleased to point out the first video of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh that (to the best of our knowledge) has ever been released in the public domain. Taken in January 2019, the video footage shows Fakhrizadeh taking part in a meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (سيد علی خامنه ای), and members of a governmental neuroscience coordination body called the Cognitive Science and Technologies Council (CSTC …

The IAP is back - and putting Iran's biggest university at risk of sanctions: Part II

In our last post, we revealed documents showing that in 2016, SPND used the IAP as a nom-de-plume to sign a memorandum of cooperation with Iran's oldest and most prestigious private university, the Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch (دانشگاه آزاد واحد تهران مرکزی).
There is a lot of evidence in there that the SPND is behind it. Let’s take a closer look:
First, the document is signed by Dr Rouhollah Ghaderi (روح الله قادری), who is described in the document as the head of the IAP. Here is Ghaderi's signature below on the contract, using a shortened version of his first name:

We know from authoritative sources that Dr Rouhollah Ghaderi (national ID 4579489705) is a long-time, senior official of SPND. In March 2019, the US Treasury put Dr Ghaderi under sanctions for directing SPND's Shahid Fakhr Moghadam Group (گروه شهید فخار مقدم), one of SPND's main research entities. Shahid Fakhr Moghadam has built explosion simulators and radiation and neutron monitoring and …