Iran Update

June 15, 2009 9:04 p.m.

You’ve probably seen the reports of the shooting that took place at the rally at which Mr. Mousavi spoke in Tehran yesterday. Al Jazeera and al Arabiya are now reporting that Iranian state radio has announced that seven people were killed along with many others wounded.

It’s not immediately clear to me whether we should assume in this case that state radio would give artificially low estimates of the number who died.

Also of interest — President Ahmadinejad decided to make the trip to Russia which had originally been scheduled for Monday. He arrived in Yekaterinberg a short time ago. That certainly seems like a show of confidence that his supporters have the situation under control — at least on the immediate time horizon.

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