Fariborz Raisdana

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Fariborz Raisdana (Persian: فریبرز رئیس‌دانا‎, 1948 – March 16, 2020) was an Iranian economist, socialist, activist, professor, and a member of the Iranian Writers' Association (Persian: کانون نویسندگان ایران).


He was the author of numerous articles and books, including Applied Development Economics; Money and Inflation; Political Economy of Development, and Globalization.[1] Raisdana graduated from The London School of Economics.

Raisdana was arrested on March 21, 2012 in Tehran after criticizing the Iranian subsidy reform plan in an interview with BBC Persian and given a one-year sentence at Evin Prison, for a series of charges including "membership in the Writer's Association, preparing seditious announcements against the regime, giving interviews to BBC and VOA, and accusing the Islamic Republic of abusing prisoners and holding show trials". Individuals and associations such as the Iranian Writers' Association, The Middle East Economic Association, and The Workers' Rights Defenders spoke out against his arrest.[2][3]

Raisdana died on March 16, 2020 because of COVID-19 complications in Tehran Pars hospital. He had been in the hospital for the past six days.[4]


  1. ^ "Biographies - Fariborz Raisdana". York Secularism. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  2. ^ "Iranian economist to serve out prison sentence". Radiozamaneh. 2012-05-21. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "Interview - Fariborz Raisdana". FrontLine. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  4. ^ "فریبرز رئیس دانا، اقتصاددان، بر اثر ابتلا به کرونا درگذشت". Asr Iran. March 16, 2020. Retrieved March 16, 2020.

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