March 25 – Concerns raised by the Iranian government that the war in Ukraine could affect Iran’s food supply and push up the price of goods were revealed by a Nour News, a media outlet connected to Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC).
According to the newspaper, Iran’s government made a deal to import 20 million tons of basic goods, including barley, corn and wheat from Russia in order to protect the country from the threat of food shortages.
Iran’s exports to Russia have increased by 60 percent since the start of the year, while trade turnover between Iran and Russia reached more than $4 billion in 2021, signaling an increase in mutual trading between the two countries.
The Australian-Iranian detainee Shokrollah Jebeli died in Iran’s Evin prison at the age of 83, following a protracted battle by his family to secure his release.
Jebeli was arrested in 2020 following allegations relating to two financial disputes which Amnesty International said were raised by someone who claimed to be a Ministry of Intelligence official in Iran.
Amnesty also said the father-of-one had been subjected to torture in prison and denied medical assistance for several serious health conditions.
And the German government deported an Iranian mother and her teenage daughter back to Iran, after living in Germany for more than a decade. The family have no means to earn an income in the Islamic Republic and are currently living with a relative who receives a state pension.
The girl’s father had been fighting his deportation order when his family were forced to board a plan bound for Iran. Speaking to news outlet Info Migrants, Timmo Scherenberg, the head of the Hesse Refugee Council said German authorities often deport two of three family members in an attempt to force the third relative to leave voluntarily.
The family had told officials they would be at risk if they returned to Iran.