Russia's Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov met with Iran’s Chief Justice, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i, in Tehran, and suggested the countries “share their experience” in suppressing protests, according to an official statement released by Krasnov’s office on December 14. Krasnov described the move as part of the fight against attempts to “destabilize [a country's] internal situation from the outside.”
According to Krasnov, the exchange is relevant as both countries have “a common view of global problems and common approaches to dealing with them,” while Russia has “effective legislation and tactics for effectively countering” protests.
These statements were made against the backdrop of mass protests in Iran that erupted after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was killed by the country's religious morality police for not wearing her hijab in accordance with government standards. The protests are ongoing.
Iran, meanwhile, is employing its own “tactics” against the protesters: the country has publicly executed a second participant in the protests. Majidreza Rahnavard, 23, was sentenced to death for “enmity against God” and hanged in the holy Shiite city of Mashahd.
In December, Iran asked Russia for help in quelling the popular uprising and asked for equipment to fight the protests as well as advisers for training, the Iran International TV channel reported, citing secret documents. The Iranian Interior Ministry officially recognized the deaths of 200 citizens during the protests. According to human rights activists, the death toll is more than 460.