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    After 40 years in exile, Spanish Communist Party President 'La Pasionaria' has returned home to Spain.

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    After 40 years in exile, Spanish Communist Party President 'La Pasionaria' has returned home to Spain.

    SYNOPSIS: "La Pasionaria", whose real name is Senora Dolores Ibarruri, met journalists before leaving Moscow on Friday (13 May). The 82-year old Communist was granted a passport to enter Spain this week, only a short time after the Spanish government legalised the Communist Party. "La Pasionaria" was the woman who hurled defiance at General Franco's armies in the Spanish Civil war. She earned her name, meaning "the passion flower" with her fiery civil war rhetoric in the doomed anti-Franco cause. When Franco's armies triumphed, "La Pasionaria" went to Moscow with some 20,000 other Spanish republicans.

    Senora Ibarruri has been an important figure in the Soviet Union. She has appeared frequently on the platform at important Soviet and international meetings and has been busy as a writer, broadcaster and organiser. In 1965 she was awarded the Order of Lenin, the highest Soviet civilian award. One of her sons was killed while serving as a Soviet army officer in the 1943 battle of Stalingrad. He was posthumously awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

    Senora Ibarruri was driven in a black official limousine to the steps of her airliner at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow . She was accompanied to the airport by the Kremlin's senior ideologist Mr Mikhail Uslov and Mr Boris Ponomaryov, a member of the ruling politburo. Western correspondents were not allowed to approach the aircraft, a scheduled flight to Madrid, but several busloads of Soviet workers waved farewell. Senora Ibarruri has returned to Spain with no intention of remaining idle, in spite of reports of ill health. She has been named a Communist candidate in the June Spanish elections for a seat in the northern mining region of the Austurias.

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