<p>Authorities in the city of Irkutsk have begun dismantling a memorial to the 1917 revolution a week before Russia marks 100 years since the historic event, citing fears of the statue’s collapse.<br /> </p> <p>The monument, “Fighters of the Revolution,” features an elderly soldier, a Bolshevik and a young peasant boy holding up a banner. For the past year, wooden scaffolding protected the monument, which is being sent for restoration after it is fully dismantled.</p> <p>City officials said the memorial’s decrepit condition posed a safety hazard for residents, Radio Svoboda <a target="_blank" href="https://www.svoboda.org/a/28822043.html">reported</a>.</p> <p>Editor-in-chief of the local news outlet “Baikal Siberia” Sergei Korolev told Radio Svoboda that dismantling the monument is a deliberate provocation against Irkutsk residents and the Irkutsk Region Communist Party governor Sergei Levchenko.</p> <p>The revolution memorial complex, which includes two nearby mass graves, was established in the 1940s to commemorate Red Army soldiers who died during the Civil War. </p> <p>Other pre-Revolutionary statues across the city have not been subject to neglect, Radio Svoboda notes, referencing a relatively new Alexander III monument that was restored to prime condition last year.</p> </div> <div class="navigation-inner"><a class="prev-post" href="http://cultureru.com/kirill-serebrennikovs-little-tragedies/" rel="next">Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Little Tragedies”</a><a class="next-post" href="http://cultureru.com/russian-lawmaker-says-syria-mission-is-almost-complete/" rel="prev">Russian Lawmaker Says Syria Mission Is Almost Complete</a></div> <div class="gap-20"></div> </article><!-- #post-18608 --> </div><!-- #content .wf-cell --> </div><!-- .wf-container --> </div><!-- .wf-wrap --> </div><!-- #main --> <!-- !Bottom-bar --> <div id="bottom-bar" role="contentinfo"> <div class="wf-wrap"> <div class="wf-table wf-mobile-collapsed"> <div class="wf-td"> </div> </div> </div><!-- .wf-wrap --> </div><!-- #bottom-bar --> <a href="#" class="scroll-top"></a> </div><!-- #page --> <script type="text/javascript">(function(w,doc) { if (!w.__utlWdgt ) { w.__utlWdgt = true; var d = doc, s = d.createElement('script'), g = 'getElementsByTagName'; s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.charset='UTF-8'; s.async = true; s.src = ('https:' == w.location.protocol ? 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