By: Steve Dellar | 03-25-2018 | News
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Russia – Yekaterinburg TV Tower Demolished For Soccer World Cup (Video)

Although some UK politicians were eager for a boycott of the Football World Cup in revenge for the poisoning of an alleged double spy in the town of Salisbury, that was a demand they would never get from their European partners as the four-year built up excitement is just too big for any EU-country that has qualified to forego.

With European and South American football competitions drawing to a close and international friendly matches scheduled, the final sprint has been started to what will once again be an exciting World Cup (albeit without the US).

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Controlled demolition of 220meters high TV tower in Yekaterinburg <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) <a href="">March 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In Russia itself, the finishing touches are underway in the cities that will host matches, such as the demolition of a huge unfinished TV-tower in the city of Yekaterinburg (Russia's fourth-largest city) located in the Ural region.

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As one of 11 Russian cities playing host to this summer's soccer World Cup, city officials knew they had to get rid of this eyesore and thus decided to blow up one of its most famous landmarks: a rusty, half-finished Soviet-era television tower on which construction had begun in 1983 but which was never finished as the Soviet Union collapsed before fresh funding could be found.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A television tower in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg was demolished in preparation for the 2018 <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIFA</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldCup</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; On Demand News (@ODN) <a href="">March 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The 220-meter (720-foot) concrete structure will be mourned by some locals who explained that the TV tower was a distinctive landmark.

However, governor Mr. Eugene Kuivashev had explained beforehand: "No one seriously believes that the city needs such a symbol."


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Anonymous No. 21487 2018-03-25 : 21:24

Hats off to the demo guys. They got that thing to fall exactly where the wanted it.

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