On December 28th protest against the high prices started in the second largest city in Iran, Mashhad. Soon they turned into a big scale anti-government demonstrations and spread in many other cities.

However, there are often misconceptions while describing the current situation in Iran. People confuse who represent Iranian government, who is the head of the state and who owns the power.

Niko Kelbakiani graduated from the Institute of Asia and Africa at the Free University of Tbilisi ( Iranian Studies ) and obtained Master’s degree in Asian and African studies at the University of London.

He is a researcher of modern Iranian history and politics. Field of his research is Soviet/Russian – Iranian relations in the 20th century.

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