Yefim Alekseevich Pridvorov (April 13, 1883 — May 25, 1945), better known by the pen name Demyan Bedny (Damian the Poor), was a Soviet Russian poet, Bolshevik and satirist.
Efim Pridvorov was born to a poor family in Hubivka village, in what is now Kirovohrad Oblast in Ukraine. He attended the village school followed by a feldsher training college in Kiev. This was followed by 4 years of military service. In 1904, he entered the philological and historical faculty of Petersburg University. His university years coincided with the heady times of the 1905 Revolution, and Pridvorov, like most students, became an ardent supporter of the revolution. From 1911 he began to be published in... more »
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