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Young Belarusian Killed When Lenin Statue Falls On Him

HOMEL, Belarus -- A 21-year-old man from the southeastern Belarusian town of Uvaravichy in Belarus was killed when a piece of a statue to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin fell on him as he tried to climb it, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Early this morning, the unnamed man climbed atop the seven-meter monument and tried to hang from Lenin's famous outstretched arm. The upper portion of the statue collapsed, injuring the man.

He reportedly died in the ambulance on the way to a hospital in the nearby city of Homel.