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Pavel Grigoryevich Antokolsky (1 July 1896, St. Petersburg, Russia – 9 October 1978, Moscow, USSR) was a Russian poet and theatre director. His father was a nephew of sculptor Mark Antokolsky. Antokolsky and Yuri Zavadsky were lovers in 1918 according to Marina Tsvetaeva's memoirs, and made no secret of their relationship.

In the 1930s, Antokolsky worked as a director in the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow. During World War II, he ran a front theatre and was awarded a Stalin Prize for a long poem about the Germans killing his son. After the war, he managed a theatre in Tomsk. His poem, "All we who in his name..." was written in 1956, the year of Nikita Khrushchev's "secret speech" condemning Stalinism, and widely circulated among student groups in the 1950s.

Among other works, Pavel Antokolsky translated in Russian Le Dernier jour d'un condamne and Le roi s'amuse, by Victor Hugo.


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