Ehsan Tabari, Prominent Former Communist, Dies In Tehran
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 regime.
He admitted the charges in a television broadcast and later published his disavowal of Marxism, IRNA said.