NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Ehsan Tabari, a founding member of
Iran's outlawed communist party who recanted his Marxist
views after the Islamic revolution, has died in Tehran,
the official news agency said Sunday. He was 72.
Tabari died Saturday of heart and kidney failure and had
been hospitalized since March 16, said the Islamic Republic
News Agency, monitored in Nicosia.
Tabari was born in 1917 in Sari, a city in the northern
Mazandaran province and joined the communist Tudeh Party
when it was formed in 1941.
He fled to the Soviet Union when the party was declared
illegal in 1947 and worked as an announcer for Radio Moscow.
Fluent in seven languages, he also wrote and translated
poetry and did research into linguistics, IRNA said.
Tabari returned to Iran after the 1979 overthrow of Shah
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and was arrested in 1983 along with
other members of the Tudeh leadership on charges of spying
for the Soviet Union and plotting to overthrow Iran's fundamentalist