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posted by n1 on Monday March 31 2014, @04:00AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the dark-side-welcoming-committee dept.

cbiltcliffe writes:

Darth Vader is running for President of Ukraine, as the candidate for the Ukrainian Internet Party (UIP). The Sith Lord will apparently be up for election come May 25th.

It's not the first time Vader has entered Ukraine's political sphere.

As well as being seen in Kiev's Independence Square during the protests this winter - Vader also made a bid to become mayor of Odessa late last year, after being carried to the city hall by stormtroopers.

Meanwhile, further reports suggest that as well as his pledge to restore Ukraine to its former glories, his presidential demands also include a plot of land where he can park his spaceship.

[Editors Note: The official UIP website is currently unavailable, "Site exceeds CPU load allowed by purchased hosting plan." ]

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Darth Vader replaces Lenin statue in Ukraine 26 comments

In the next step of the Darth Vader movement in Ukraine, and coming just before the new Star Wars movie is out, a statue of Lenin was replaced with a statue of Darth Vader.

Ukrainians have transformed a statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin into one of Darth Vader in the city of Odessa. The absurd but highly-symbolic move comes just before the release of the latest "Star Wars" movie.

The founder of the former communist state, the Soviet Union, has long been despised by many Ukrainians. In April, the government passed a law, ordering all symbols of the Soviet era to be removed from the country.

"After the anti-communism law was adopted earlier this year, we had to decide what to do with the monument [of Lenin]," Oleksandr Milov, the sculptor of the new statue, told the AFP news agency. A 'real life' Vader, one of several in Ukraine, was on hand to check that the new statue was 'fully operational'

"Honestly, I did not like the idea of destroying it, so we decided on a more flexible solution," he said, adding that they were planning to install a Wi-fi router on the statue's head so that he can "communicate with the other Siths."


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  • (Score: 2) by Tork on Monday March 31 2014, @04:29AM

    by Tork (3914) on Monday March 31 2014, @04:29AM (#23427)
    Is that Chewy as his running mate? I wish we had an opening crawl to explain that one. Maybe Han's lies about who shot first at Mos Eisley finally destroyed their friendship.
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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 31 2014, @05:08AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 31 2014, @05:08AM (#23435)

    WFM.

    Standard procedure in case of 404 or whatever is to link to the Google Cache of the page.

    Here that is without iframes, images, scripts, and stylesheets. [googleusercontent.com]

    Here it is "with" the gobbledygook. [googleusercontent.com]

    -- gewg_

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 31 2014, @05:28AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 31 2014, @05:28AM (#23440)

      Brain was in neutral. Once more with feeling, in case anyone cares.
      without [googleusercontent.com]

      "with" [googleusercontent.com]

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by istartedi on Monday March 31 2014, @05:52AM

    by istartedi (123) on Monday March 31 2014, @05:52AM (#23442) Journal

    The official UIP website is currently unavailable, "Site exceeds CPU load allowed by purchased hosting plan."

    Per chance, was the web site's sole vulnerability a small thermal exhaust port 2 meters wide?

    • (Score: 4, Funny) by NCommander on Monday March 31 2014, @06:41AM

      by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <mcasadevall@soylentnews.org> on Monday March 31 2014, @06:41AM (#23457) Homepage Journal

      I do believe we have soyled our first sole exhaust port!

      Keep it up people!

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      • (Score: 1) by mrchew1982 on Tuesday April 01 2014, @04:54AM

        by mrchew1982 (3565) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @04:54AM (#23908)

        "soyled our first sole exhaust port"

        that sounds very homo-erotic...

        Not wanting to offend anyone I'll stop right there.

    • (Score: 2) by Boxzy on Monday March 31 2014, @10:03AM

      by Boxzy (742) on Monday March 31 2014, @10:03AM (#23499) Journal

      Makes all those "Literally Hitler" jokes seem tame. At least Hitler existed :-)

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by MillionthMonkey on Monday March 31 2014, @07:36AM

    by MillionthMonkey (2861) on Monday March 31 2014, @07:36AM (#23472)

    If the next president of Ukraine hopes to get any respect from Putin, he'd better start by releasing photos of himself wrestling Jabba the Hut to the ground and killing him with a light saber, shirtless.

  • (Score: 2) by mendax on Monday March 31 2014, @08:29AM

    by mendax (2840) on Monday March 31 2014, @08:29AM (#23483)

    Given the corrupt and tyrannical nature of Ukraine's previous leadership, Darth Vader may be an improvement. Why worry about voting accidentally for an evil politician when you can vote for a Sith lord, a true evil. I'd like to see Darth Vader in a debate. Instead of calling an opponent a damned liar, he could just Force choke him to death or cut him in half with a swift light saber stroke.

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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by tangomargarine on Monday March 31 2014, @03:23PM

      by tangomargarine (667) on Monday March 31 2014, @03:23PM (#23605)

      Chtulhu - Dagon 2016: Why vote for a lesser evil?

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Boxzy on Monday March 31 2014, @09:51AM

    by Boxzy (742) on Monday March 31 2014, @09:51AM (#23498) Journal

    Never thought I'd see the day.

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by cmn32480 on Monday March 31 2014, @10:13AM

    by cmn32480 (443) <reversethis-{gro ... {ta} {08423nmc}> on Monday March 31 2014, @10:13AM (#23501) Journal

    He better fire Lucas as his speech writer.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by romlok on Monday March 31 2014, @10:49AM

    by romlok (1241) on Monday March 31 2014, @10:49AM (#23505)

    Don't do it! It's Putin in disguise!