The increase in gasoline prices led to mass protests


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Protests began in several cities of Iran because of rising gasoline prices. On it informs Agency Associated Press.

According to the publication, the protest rallies held in Mashhad, the Sirjan in the province of Khuzestan. On deaths, casualties and detentions are not currently reported. According to AP, the current protests have not yet reach the scale of the demonstrations that took place in the country at the turn of 2017-2018, when has killed at least 25 people, about five thousand were arrested.

It is noted that in the city of Sirjan, the protesters tried to set fire to the tank farm, but was stopped in time by law enforcement officials.

Local authorities, according to AP, the previously established limit monthly limit, which is 60 liters of petrol for private vehicles will be sold at reduced prices, but later prices were increased. If earlier the Iranians within the limit of the paid 10 thousand riyals (more than 15 rubles) local currency per liter of gasoline, now it is about 15 thousands (almost 23 rubles). The price of a liter of gasoline in excess of the quota is 30 thousand reais (45 rubles), the growth was 50 percent.

The economic situation of Iran was affected by the deterioration of relations with the United States and the problems with agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. As it became known on October 29, Washington imposed sanctions on a third of the world’s oil reserves and a fifth of production that is attributable to Iran, Venezuela and Russia.

According to associate Professor of the Department of Economics of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics Olga Lebedinsky, the world’s oil reserves amount to 1.66 trillion barrels, of which 298,4 billion are in Venezuela, 157,8 billion — in Iran, 80 billion — in Russia. Lebedinskaya said that the share of the oil resources in these countries is 33% of the global reserves. “If the sanctions list will include Qatar, which withdrew from OPEC in 2018 and is supported by Iran, this figure will amount to 34 percent,” she said.

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