Darth Vader replaces Lenin in Odesa as Ukraine bans Soviet icons

That well-known revolutionary force named Vladimir Lenin has been toppled himself by a inter-galactic force of another kind – Darth Vader.

Darth Vader's statue  has taken over from Vladimir Lenin in central Odessa in the Ukraine

Darth Vader's statue has taken over from Vladimir Lenin in central Odessa in the Ukraine Image by Sam Howzit / CC BY 2.0

A statue of the Star Wars villain is now taking centre stage in Ukraine, replacing the Communist leader in the town of Odesa.

Statue of Lenin in Odessa has been taken down and replaced

Statue of Lenin in Odessa has been taken down and replaced Image by Adam Jones / CC BY-SA 2.0

The change has come about because the a new law has been passed in the former satellite country banning the use of such Russian memorabilia or symbols within its border.

The Daily Mirror reports that the edict means the new Star Wars film, the Force Awakens, will get plenty of extra publicity by the decision to use one of its characters.

Sculptor Alexandr Milov, who created the Vader statue, said it was impossible to leave Lenin in place considering the hostility between Russia and themselves at present.

‘Vader’ himself made a public appearance at the unveiling of the new site. In fact, the fallen Jedi has been something of a common sight in the city as he is a candidate for the upcoming mayoral elections.

The man dressed as Dart Vader cruises through Odessa but has failed in previous attempts to make it to public office. Last year his bid to run for president was thwarted before it took off, though it did open up his candidature for mayor of Kiev and Odessa.

His party, the Internet Party of Ukraine first registered five years ago with a man plank of creating electronic government in Ukraine, with only digital media and free computers courses for every member of the public.

Anatoliy Boyko, Head of the Odessa regional division of Ukraine's Voters' Committee, explained that there would be several unusual characters in the upcoming elections, including a number of Darth Vaders, Peking Ducks and Master Yoda.

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