The poet Baktash Abtin was born in 1353/ 1974 in Shahr-e Rey.
He has published three collections of poetry. In addition to his work as a poet, he has been involved in the production of numerous feature films and short films as an assistant director. His first independent film The Solar Eclipse was released in 2005.
Since 2013, he has been indicted three times for his peaceful activism. Among other things, Abtin has spoken out against censorship and advocated for freedom of expression and the abolition of the death penalty. Because of this, Abtin was sentenced to five years in prison in May 2019 for "propaganda against the state" and "conspiracy against national security." He has been serving his sentence in Evin Prison since September 2020.
In December 2021, Baktash Abtin contracted COVID-19 again after being infected in April 2021. On 8 January 2022, Abtin died in a Tehran hospital at the age of 48 as a result of the Corona infection. The writers' association PEN America made serious accusations against the Iranian government. Abtin's death could have been completely avoided.