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Iranian Supreme National Security Council has ordered a complete check-up of the jet which is on standby to fly Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his family to Russia should the situation in Iran spiral out of control. The order, to the Pasdaran Revolutionary Guard Corps, was dated on Sunday, 27 December, the second day of recent unrests in Iran. The document containing the order was sent to Shahrzad News office in The Netherlands. The letter has been signed by Said Jalili, the current secretary of the council and one of two representative of Iran’s religious leader Ali Khamenei.

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