Ahmad-Reza Radan, the notorious chief of Iran's police force, arrived in Moscow to strengthen collaboration between the law enforcement agencies of both nations. Radan, who Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed in January, has been accused of human rights abuses, including the torture and killing of protesters during the 2009 post-election crackdown. Radan has been criticized for his role in enforcing Iran's strict Islamic dress code.
During his trip to Russia, Radan is expected to meet with Russian law enforcement officials and sign a memorandum of understanding on bilateral police cooperation. The agreement is likely to focus on fighting terrorism, human trafficking, and drug trafficking.
Radan's human rights record has been a concern for human rights groups. In 2010, the United States designated Radan as a "Specially Designated National" under the Global Magnitsky Act, which froze his assets, prohibited him from traveling to the United States, and was blacklisted by the European Union.