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The World

November 12, 1987

The Soviet newspaper Pravda quoted leaders of Communist opposition groups in Iran as saying that dozens of political prisoners have been executed in what is apparently a new crackdown on dissent. "No other country in the world has such a cruel, despotic regime," Ferrokh Negahdar, a leader of the outlawed Fedayan Khalq, a Communist organization, was quoted as saying on a visit to Moscow. Pravda also quoted Ali Khavari, a leader of the underground Iranian Communist Party, as saying that torture in Iran is widespread. The criticisms may signal Kremlin frustration with Tehran's refusal to accept a U.N. cease-fire in the Persian Gulf War.

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