Recep Safarov (aka Rajab Safarov), Head of Center for Contemporary Iran Studies in Russia, in interview that was broadcast in Iran, admitted that the rebuilding of the Bushehr nuclear facility, has actually saved Russia’s economy and industry. Safarov also admitted that what has managed to keep Russia financially stable and ‘on its feet’, is the Islamic state of Iran.
These remarkable admissions confirms the unfortunate fact that Russia took $800 million from Iran, for the reconstruction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, which was being built by German companies during the late Shah’s era. Over time however, Russia siphoned off another $4 million from Iran in order to overhaul their factories that build the components needed for the plant in Iran. This brought Iran’s total payment to Russia to $1.2 billion.
According to Safarov, these large amounts saved many industrial factories in Russia.
He added: “If the contract for the Bushehr power plant had not been implemented, our entire nuclear industry would have been destroyed. The Bushehr plant led to the activation of 500 of our main nuclear industry factories; this safeguarded our nuclear industry, where the groundwork was created for us to supply. You saved our nuclear industry. This is very important for us. If the political system of Iran changes and Iran today becomes a Western-oriented system and its leaders are connected to the United States, it will bring Russia to its knees, and this will been the beginning Russia’s collapse.”
Born in 1959 in Tajikistan, Safarov speaks fluent Persian, Russian and English. He graduated from Moscow State University in 1984 with a degree in political science. From 2006 to 2008, Safarov was the chairman of the Russian-Iranian Business Council affiliated with the Russian Federation’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry. To that end he has been a staunch promoter for the case that Iran and Russia are destined for partnership, also admitted in July: “Iran and Russia are seeking to establish a joint bank in order to facilitate trade exchanges, is unaffected by sanctions and able to work with national currencies.”