the Poles were at it before
If I remember correctly, they lifted an (ex) railway bridge somewhere in south-west Poland a few years ago. It was very convenient for all parties involved, i.e. the thieves who dumped the load at the nearest scrapyard, police, because they shrugged, and the railway company, whichever was in charge of that stretch, because it gave them an excuse to not maintain the line any more.
that said, Russians could claim "prior art" anyway, as they were known to dismantle whole factories, steel bridges, rip up railway tracks (hundreds of miles of), etc. in East Prussia and elsewhere, right after WW2.
Now, back to the IT angle on that Russian bridge...