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Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert Biography
Who is Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert ?
An Australian academic who was jailed in an Iranian jail for 804 days on espionage charges has called her captors “brainwashed and clumsy idiots.”
Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert said that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was “not well versed in security, geopolitics or counterintelligence.”
She also compared them to Johnny English, the goofy spy from the 2003 comedy film of the same name, adding that the IRGC members were ‘brainwashed’.
The University of Melbourne Islamic studies professor traveled to Iran in August 2018 to attend a seminar on Shia Islam.
Arrested and Charged
But three weeks later she was arrested at Tehran airport in September on trumped-up espionage charges as she tried to fly home.
Speaking to the Telegraph about the IRGC, Dr Moore-Gilbert said: “Most of the time, they are wrong to arrest innocent people because of brainwashing and conspiracy theories.”
The academic, who like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, also told the outlet that the feared IRGC are not “necessarily talented or skilled”.
Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert was sentenced to 10 years in prison, where she spent more than two years behind bars until she was finally released in November 2020.
During her stay in terror, she was subjected to dirty toilets, mistreatment by guards, and horrible food.
The lecturer also told the Telegraph that her interrogators accused her of working as a spy in the country before she arrived, due to a scheduling mix-up, in the early stages of her ordeal.
When she was arrested, Dr. Moore-Gilbert, who is also a cousin of Julian Assange, was attending a conference in Iran when a fellow academic and a subject she had interviewed for her investigation marked her as “suspicious.”
She was subsequently tried and sentenced, and held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison. Iranian authorities reportedly tried to recruit her as a spy in exchange for her release, which she refused.
Nick Warner, the head of Australia’s intelligence service, successfully negotiated a prison-for-freedom swap for Dr. Moore-Gilbert.
She was exchanged for three Iranian prisoners in Thailand, two of whom had been convicted in connection with the 2012 Bangkok bombing.
She is known to have spent months convincing officials in meetings and even at social functions to release the Thai prisoners, whom the Iranian government called “businessmen.”
Australia’s ambassador to Thailand, Allan McKinnon, also pressured Thai officials to release the three Iranian terrorists in exchange for the university professor.
Dr. Moore-Gilbert has conducted research on revolutions in the Middle East, particularly in Bahrain.
To this day, Iran has produced no evidence of her alleged crimes, and the Australian government has dismissed them as “baseless and politically motivated.”
When she was finally released from prison in November 2020, the scholar came home to the shocking news that her Russian-Israeli husband had moved in with another woman.
Ruslan Hodorov’s new love interest was none other than Dr. Moore-Gilbert’s university colleague and Ph.D. supervisor, Dr. Kylie Baxter.
The couple had engaged in an affair while she was being held against her will thousands of miles away, but continued to press for her release from Australia.
An ‘upset and disappointed’ Dr Moore-Gilbert filed for divorce shortly after arriving home and said last year she was anxious to leave her ex-husband.
I don’t care what you’re doing. He’s none of my business… that’s my ex and I don’t care,” she told the Herald Sun.
In December 2020, Western and Israeli media claimed that Iran had launched a media disinformation campaign against Dr. Moore-Gilbert “accusing her of coordinating with a former Bahraini MP, Jasim Husain, to steal secrets for Israel.”
Husain was accused by Iran of teaching Arabic and Persian to Dr. Moore-Gilbert, and of offering to help her spy on exiled Shiites in Iran.
She described her grueling experiences in the book The Uncaged Sky, which was published this spring.
Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert Quick and Facts
- Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert called Iran’s IRGC ‘blundering and brainwashed idiots’
- The academic was imprisoned in Iranian jail for 804 days on spying charges
- She was freed in November 2020 after spending more than 2 years behind bars