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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Statue Faces Collapse

MOSCOW () -- The Soviet Union's most monumental tribute to its 20 million dead from World War II, the towering Motherland statue in Volgograd, is in danger of collapsing due to neglect, press reports said Thursday.

The 70-meter-high concrete structure, erected 30 years ago, is riddled with cracks, the Komsomolsyaka Pravda said.

The Motherland statue towers over the battlefield at what was one of the turning points in World War II when the Nazi armies laid seige to the city.