1. This is a cardboard version of Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran’s former supreme leader. Cardboard versions of him are being used to mark 35 years since his return from exile.
The BBC reports the cutouts - seen here in 2012 - are now back, as part of celebrations to commemorate Islamic revolution. The cutouts weren’t to be seen last year however, possibly in response to ridicule at home and abroad.
His return on 1 February 1979 was celebrated by crowds of up to five million, according to the BBC.
2. So cardboard Khomeinis are getting off planes and being saluted across the country.
3. But still, the cutout gets the welcome someone of his stature would command.
4. To make it more strange, some of the planes are inflatable.
And they’re Air France planes, the airline Khomeini himself flew with when he returned in 1979.