I just saw this this note on the Internet on the occasion of the death of Kianouri, calling him "one of most respected Communist leaders in Iran". This is simply not true.


Not only Hezbeh Tudeh's attacks on Iranian liberal-democracy is a sad legacy of his, his implications in political murders of the 1950s, such as the murder of journalist Mohammad Massoud, mentioned by former Tuden Party members like Dr. Keshavarz, have been known in historical notes of many authors.


Moreover, upon his return to Iran after 1979 Revolution, Kianuri gave his full support of akhounds, both before and after the 1982 political arrests. When Kianuri and other Hezbeh Tudeh leaders were arrested in 1981, some stood up to IRI in the court, and were shot, and some others like Kianuri, collaborated with the Islamic Republic and lived. There is nothing glorious in this history.


Nonetheless, undoubtedly the torture and imprisonment of him by Islamic Republic of Iran is condemned regardless of his dismal support of democracy in Iran.


Sam Ghandchi

Nov19, 1999






* The above article was first posted on SCI (soc.culture.iranian) Usenet newsgroup on Nov19, 1999.


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