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Iran’s Rafsanjani funeral marred by anti-Russia slogans

Attendees of ex-president’s Tuesday funeral voice sentiments critical of Russian policy, according to video shared online

Iran’s Rafsanjani funeral marred by anti-Russia slogans Coffin of the former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is being carried during funeral ceremony at shrine of Ruhollah Khomeini, Tehran, Iran on January 10, 2017.

By Mustafa Ahishali


The funeral of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani -- held Tuesday in capital Tehran -- was marred by anti-Russian slogans shouted by some funeral attendees, according to footage shared on social-media websites.

In the footage, some Iranians who attended the funeral can be heard voicing sentiments critical of Russian policy and chanting anti-Russia slogans.

Some funeral attendees reportedly made their way to the Russian embassy, describing it as a "den of spies" and shouting "Death to Russia".

A prominent member of Iran’s reformist current, Rafsanjani served as president of Iran from 1977 to 1989.

Rafsanjani died of a heart attack Sunday at the age of 82.

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