Simulacra and Stalinisation
The always rather peculiar, if occasionally fascinating English Russia has a few rather picturesque photos of Socialist Realist monuments in an advanced state of decay, or in one memorable case, having been dismantled: the 'Worker and Kolkhoz Woman' by Vera Mukhina (via Barista) In a sense one should be pleased about monuments to Stalinism being demolished, only it seems to involve the actual monuments being demolished and fundamentally identical ones taking their place. A little known fact: the tallest building in Europe right now is the Triumph Palace, an almost exact replica of the Stalinist skyscrapers of the late 1940s, which houses flats for the oligarchy.
One of the interesting elements of current Russian building policy is a tendency to take listed landmarks, (i.e places where they can't build luxury flats), let them rot, and then knock them down and reconstruct them (as is being done with the 1920s Constructivist planetarium), usually adding a few extra bits here and there. Hence the future looks like the past, while the remnants of the past themselves are effaced as quickly as possible. This rather Baudrillardian attitude to conservation is an intriguing one, and I look forward to its importation into London.