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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lenin Statue Damaged

MINSK, Belarus -- A statue of Vladimir Lenin was damaged in a blast in a small Belarus town recently as the former Soviet republic prepared to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.

"Unknown people damaged the statue of Lenin with an explosive device," said Valeriy Kashevsky, mayor of Zhodino, a town 40 kilometers from the capital, Minsk.

He said the explosion tore away the top part of the statue and destroyed part of Lenin's head, although the statue was still standing on its pedestal.