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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(Russian vreditel’stvo), according to Soviet criminal law a particularly serious crime against the state, involving an act of commission or omission directed toward the subversion of industry, transportation, agriculture, the monetary system, trade, or other branches of the national economy of the USSR, as well as activities on the part of state agencies or public organizations aimed at weakening the Soviet state, if such acts of commission or omission were accomplished through the use of state or public institutions, enterprises, or organizations, or through interference with their normal work. A necessary condition of prosecution for wrecking is the presence in the actions of the accused of the specific aim of weakening the Soviet state. Wrecking is punishable by deprivation of freedom for a term of eight to 15 years, together with confiscation of property and exile for a period of two to five years, or without exile (Criminal Code of the RSFSR, art. 69).


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The act of demolishing or razing a structure.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The cars had been stripped of tires, oil, gasoline and other fluids in preparation to be compressed and turned into scrap metal, said a man who identified himself as the wrecking yard owner but declined to give his last name.
By the looks of it, Chris came in like a wrecking ball and nailed it.
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"What we did was not symbolized by the wrecking ball," says Costello.
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A naked Miley Cyrus swinging atop a wrecking ball, in a music video for her song of the same title, would probably go down as one of the most memorable images in pop culture-much to Miley's dismay.