Scaffolding was removed from the Volgograd monument "The Motherland calls" created by sculptor Yevgeni Vuchetich, as seen in footage from Friday, after workers completed a years-long reconstruction which started in 2017.

The drone footage shows the renovated the sculpture, without the scaffolding which was erected in 2019 during the last stage of the refurbishment.

This was the first renovation of the monument since its construction in 1967. Workers needed to restore all 99 steel-wire cables which prop up the statue from the inside, as well as to get rid of soiling and cracks to renew its appearance.

The restoration process was planned to end in order to re-open the moment before the celebration of the 75thAnniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic war, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the monument can be visited via an online tour during the Russian national holidays in May.

Standing at 85 metres (279 feet) "The Motherland calls" is known as the tallest statue in Europe.

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