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Man crushed as Lenin statue falls

August 11, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A massive statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin collapsed on a man who was hanging from it, killing him on the spot, authorities said.

The 21-year-old man was drunk when he climbed onto the 16-foot-tall plaster monument and hung from its arm, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. It then broke into pieces and he was crushed.

The statue in the southeastern Belarusian town of Uvarovichi was built in 1939.

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