It is my honest hope that this is wrong and overblown. But pressure on Russia and Iran is inevitable at this juncture.
IRAN FINANCIAL SYSTEM COLLAPSING; GOLD TRADING HALTED
6 May, 2018
IRAN CLOSED ITS GOLD TRADING MARKET ON SUNDAY, MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR CITIZENS TO PURCHASE BULLION.
MORE: Iran currency collapsing against US Dollar; Banks in Qoms allegedly now "belly-up" - Iranians in panic as life savings possibly wiped out by failing banks.
From direct sources inside Iran:
Source 1: "Gold market in Iran closed due to skyrocketing USD exchange rates."
Source 2: "People in panic. Warning each other to withdraw their bank accounts as the banks may be announced bankrupt any moment and their savings will be lost."
Source 3: "Everyone thought because Iran dropped the USD that it would be the US which suffered, but looks like that's not so."
UPDATE 10:02 PM EDT --
Source 2: "Reports that many banks in Qom, Central Iran, had already gone bankrupt"
This is from Twitter- I have no idea of who the tweeter is other than he describes himself as a 'human rights activist' who writes for al-Arabiya among other publications, so....
May 6 - Currency update Qom, central #Iran Source says many banks are bankrupt & a number of Bank Sepah branches have merged.
The empty Bank Saderat (Export) Iran branch in this video is in the most crowded part of Qom during rush hour. @ThomasWictor